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Slumping San Francisco and Chicago Have Little Time to Make Adjustments Before Squaring Off
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- Only a month ago, the San Francisco 49ers sat alone in first place atop the NFC West standings and were thinking playoffs. And why not?

They'd already beaten the defending division champion Arizona Cardinals and Seattle in consecutive weeks.

One quarterback switch, an offensive line overhaul and a four-game losing streak later, the Niners (3-5) are desperate to just get back to winning period. And they have little time to stew over their sloppy 34-27 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, because the Chicago Bears come to Candlestick Park Thursday night.

The Bears (4-4) are coming off a humiliating 41-21 loss at home against Arizona and are saddled with injuries in their secondary. Chicago gave up 31 first-half points for the second time in the past three weeks against the Cardinals. The other time was at Cincinnati, when the Bengals manhandled Chicago 45-10.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. WGIL Sports Contributed to this Report. All Rights Reserved.)
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