The 49ers missed out on a chance to take a commanding 7-2 record to the top of the NFC West after tying divisional rival St. Louis Rams in week 10. To make matters worse, they may have to try to get their seventh win in week 11 without starting quarterback Alex Smith (concussion). To make matters downright disastrous, they have to do it against an elite Chicago Bears defense.
Aside from the facts we know, this is going to be a monster, and possibly epic battle in San Francisco. Two elite defenses are coming to clash, and only one will escape a two-game “non-winning” skid. That said, injuries to both team’s starting QBs have had its effect on ticket prices. Currently, those prices have dropped 15% since Sunday after they had peaked at $372 per seat. Even with the drop, that $320 ($158 get-in price) price tag is still San Francisco’s most expensive home game of 2012 and 64% above the average price of 49ers tickets this season.
That will happen when the Bears come to town, and when the 49ers are 6-2-1 a year after going 13-3 and missing the Super Bowl by a field goal. The fact is, this game comes with loads of hype, and it only gains steam if Smith and Jay Cutler can both suit up despite both sustaining head injuries in week 10.
Their presence will add to the allure of a nasty defensive battle sure to be won in the final seconds, but their potential absence won’t necessarily take away from it. Nothing has really changed. This is still an elite matchup in the 49ers’ own backyard, and with the NFC West no longer a sure thing (Seattle is 6-4), San Francisco needs to step up and show their bite matches their bark.