San Francisco 49ers

Half: 49ers bogged down by snow, penalties

San Francisco 49ers running back Shaun Draughn (24) is tackled by Chicago Bears defenders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Chicago.
San Francisco 49ers running back Shaun Draughn (24) is tackled by Chicago Bears defenders during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, in Chicago. AP

CHICAGO -- The 49ers were penalized for a celebrating a touchdown they didn't even score.

That just about sums up an odd first half, the Bears lead 7-6, that was marked by snow, penalties and neither team putting the ball in the air. The two starting quarterbacks, Colin Kaepernick and Matt Barkley, are a combined 5-10 passing with the first completion, a four-yard pass from Kaepernick to tight end Vance McDonald, coming midway through the second quarter.

That led to a 31-yard field goal from Phil Dawson.

Prior to that, the 49ers thought they had scored a touchdown after Shaun Draughn blocked a Bears punt and Dontae Johnson recovered the ball and weaved his way into the end zone. Rookie cornerback Rashard Robinson celebrated by falling to the ground and making a snow angel in the end zone, a penalty.

Adding to the bad decision was the fact that Johnson's heel went out of bounds at the 4-yard line. Instead of six points, the 49ers started the drive on the Bears 16. The 49ers are one of the the remaining NFL teams without a defensive or special teams touchdown this season.

After the kickoff, however, they created another turnover when the Bears returner fumbled and Jimmie Ward recovered at the 37-yard line. That led to Dawson's 28-yard field goal.

The Bears’ first pass completion didn’t come until their final drive of a half. But that initial catch got them on a roll, and they drove 81 yards in 1:25 with rookie running back Jordan Howard scoring a one-yard touchdown.

Penalties also wiped out two earlier San Francisco scoring opportunities.

In the first quarter, a holding call against McDonald wiped out a long run by Draughn to the Chicago 15-yard line. Kaepernick later was sacked on the possession and the 49ers had to punt.

As the second quarter began, Draughn again had the 49ers in scoring position with a 15-yard run to the Bears 18. That gain, however, was canceled by a holding penalty against rookie Joshua Garnett.

The two teams have combined for more punts, six, than the 49ers have receiving yards, four.

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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