Bears bites: Surprises on offense, trampling Trey Lance and Dominique Robinson shines

A look at three key aspects of the Bears’ 19-10 victory against the 49ers in Week 1.

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A photo of Bears players Dominique Robinson and Roquan Smith sacking 49ers quarterback Trey Lance in their game Sunday.

Dominique Robinson (91) had half of a sack on this play and sacked Trey Lance in the first quarter.

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The Bears’ season-opening 19-10 victory against the 49ers was a wild one and gave coach Matt Eberflus a rollicking start to his tenure.

Here are three points beyond the obvious from their 19-point rally at Soldier Field:

Surprise contributors

The Bears’ most productive offensive players were receiver Dante Pettis and running back Khalil Herbert. That was quite a departure from expectations that they would be led by running back David Montgomery (17 carries for 26 yards), receiver Darnell Mooney (one catch for eight yards) and tight end Cole Kmet (one target, no catches).

Rookie rolls

The Bears drafted Dominique Robinson out of Miami (Ohio) in the fifth round at No. 174 overall, but he’s far from an afterthought. Robinson dropped Trey Lance for a sack in the first quarter and teamed up with Roquan Smith for another in the third.

Lance’s laments

Lance, the No. 3 overall pick of the 2021 draft, kicked off his first season as the 49ers’ starter with an awful performance: 13-for-28 for 164 yards, no touchdowns, one interception, a fumble and a 50.3 rating. Last season, Jimmy Garoppolo put up a 100.6 rating and rushed for two touchdowns in a victory against the Bears.

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