Blaine Gabbert leads 49ers past Bears 26-20 in OT

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CHICAGO — Blaine Gabbert threw a 71-yard touchdown pass to Torrey Smith in overtime after running for the tying TD late in regulation, lifting the struggling San Francisco 49ers to a 26-20 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.

The Bears (5-7) had just gone three-and-out after forcing a punt by San Francisco to start the extra period.

On the first play of the 49ers' second possession, Gabbert found a wide-open Smith along the left sideline, giving San Francisco (4-8) a surprising win over a team that had jumped into playoff contention.

All that happened after a wild finish in regulation.

The Bears took a 20-13 lead on Ka'Deem Carey's 4-yard run with 3:32 left, only to let it disappear and then blow a chance to win the game as time expired.

They let Gabbert scramble untouched through the middle for a 44-yard touchdown with 1:42 left.