Maybe it was food poisoning, maybe it was the flu, but one thing was certain regarding 49ers receiver Trent Taylor on Saturday:
“It was coming out of me, whatever it was,” the rookie said after the game.
Taylor said he began vomiting Saturday night and that the purging didn’t let up until 6 a.m. Sunday. Shortly after, he began receiving intravenous fluids to try to get him back to full strength.
It worked. The team’s slot receiver caught all six of the passes that went his way Sunday, including a pivotal, 3rd-and-9 grab that he stretched for 33 yards on San Francisco’s game-winning drive. He finished with a season-high 92 receiving yards.
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Taylor said he was running a 10-yard in route and Jimmy Garoppolo hit him in stride on the big, third-down play.
“Jimmy had a great placement on that ball, throwing it off his back foot, I think,” he said. “He just laid it up there perfectly for me. Just being able to get inside that defender, that was the biggest part. And I made my move from there.”
Marquise Goodwin also was perfect on the afternoon – eight catches on eight targets for 99 yards – and coach Kyle Shanahan called it the best game his pass catchers have had all season.
Taylor said he never thought he might miss the game. Even when the bug was at its worst, he figured he’d stop throwing up – eventually.
“If I wasn’t, I knew something was going to be really wrong for sure,” he said. “My stomach was definitely still turning, but I made it through.”
Gould is golden -- When kicker Robbie Gould signed with the 49ers in the offseason, he was excited about kicking in 75-degree weather, not exacting revenge on the team with which he spent 11 seasons, the Chicago Bears.
The veteran kicker, whom Chicago released before last season, not only kicked the game-winning field goal against his team, he accounted for all 15 of the 49ers’ points. In the Chicago area, it was the biggest storyline of the game.
“I was pretty excited to have fun and compete against a lot of people I have a lot of respect for,” he said. “To come in here and get a win like that – a big game-winner – I don’t think I could have written it any better, to be honest with you.”
Gould has made 26 of his 28 field-goal attempts this season, making him one of the team’s top free-agent acquisitions for 2017.
Mabin enters -- For a stretch of the second quarter, three of the four members of the 49ers secondary were rookies. An injury to starting cornerback Dontae Johnson sent undrafted rookie Greg Mabin into the game.
He joined fellow rookies Ahkello Witherspoon and Adrian Colbert in the defensive backfield. Mabin was immediately targeted on an eight-yard touchdown pass from Mitchell Trubisky to Dontrelle Inman when he entered.
Johnson was back on the field when the second half began and played the rest of the game.
Witherspoon (ankle) and Colbert (thumb) were both questionable for the game but played throughout the contest.
Et cetera -- Like Johnson, nickel cornerback K’Waun Williams left the game in the second quarterback but soon returned. The 49ers did not report any other injuries.
* After missing last week’s game with a shoulder injury, Trent Brown started at his right tackle spot and played the full game.
* The 49ers defense entered the game having played more snaps than any other team. On Sunday, however, the Bears ran only 36 plays.