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Kaepernick has big night in 49ers' victory over Bears

SAN FRANCISCO -- Colin Kaepernick passed for 243 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start in place of the injured Alex Smith, and the San Francisco 49ers whipped the Chicago Bears 32-7 on Monday night in a highly touted NFC showdown that hardly lived up to the hype.

Kaepernick threw touchdown passes to Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree, and Kendall Hunter ran for a 14-yard TD as San Francisco (7-2-1) jumped out to a big lead by scoring on each of its first four possessions -- with Aldon Smith wreaking havoc on the other side of the ball with 5.5 sacks.

Jason Campbell, the other quarterback in this matchup of backups for two division leaders, threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Marshall in the third quarter but was sacked repeatedly and threw two interceptions in his first start since October 2011 for Oakland.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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