By Sandeep Chandok
The San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears enter week 13 of the NFL with a combined 3-19 record.
And while Sunday’s game is the snoozefest of the NFL slate, 49er and Bear fans will be watching intently, hoping their teams can move up on this summer’s draft list.
Quarterback Jay Cutler is out for the Bears so backup Matt Barkley will get the starting nod.
The 49ers give up a league-worst 31.3 points per game and the Bears score a second league-worst 16.3 points per game. (Team Rankings)
Why watch this game?
Since the preseason, 49ers’ quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been kneeling during the National Anthem in protest of ongoing oppression in America, drawing both supporters and opposers in the process.
Chicago residents have called for Kaepernick to stop his kneeling protest and stand for the National Anthem during Sunday’s game, the Sun-Times reported.
Whether Kaepernick will abide by the request remains to be seen.
As for the game to be played, the 49ers should gladly lose.
Yes, lose. On purpose. Throw the game. Just do it. Despite the fact that Kaepernick showed signs of vast improvement last weekend in his three touchdown performance against the Dolphins, 49er fans will be hoping for the opposite come Sunday.
Trailing the Bears by one game for the league’s second-worst record, the 49ers currently possess the number-two pick in the 2017 draft.
If the 49ers were to win this matchup and finish the season with the same record as the Bears, Chicago would receive the second pick by default in a tiebreaker situation.
Forget pride at this point.
Pride can be won against the Falcons or Seahawks in the last four games.
Following the 49ers, the Bears’ remaining matchups are against potential playoff teams, which means this could be the last win either team gets this season.
Hopefully the Bears come out firing and the 49ers look like it has through 12 games.
A David Fales sighting would be great, too.