Gabbert runs away with 49ers upset
CHICAGO — The Bears had just taken a late lead when 49ers coach Jim Tomsula delivered the message to Blaine Gabbert. He told his quarterback to enjoy the moment.
Gabbert owned it instead.
Gabbert threw a 71-yard touchdown to Torrey Smith in overtime after running for the tying score late in regulation, lifting San Francisco to victory.
"You get opportunities like that," Tomsula said. "You've got to enjoy them. That's why they play the game. All of these players in the NFL are amazing athletes. Amazing individuals."
Tomsula's pep talk came right after Chicago's Ka'Deem Carey ran for a touchdown with 3:32 remaining in regulation. Gabbert answered with a 44-yard TD run, then won it with that long pass in OT after Chicago's Robbie Gould missed a field goal — a 36-yarder wide left — at the end of regulation on his 34th birthday.
"You really saw kind of the peaks and valleys of NFL football right there," Gabbert said.