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Richard Sherman went down fighting.
The 49ers cornerback was ejected for his role in a fourth-quarter melee that began Sunday when safety Marcell Harris hit Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky as he was sliding at the end of a 7-yard scramble.
The collision occurred at Chicago’s sideline and Harris was surrounded by Bears who, according to Sherman were “pushing and shoving and grabbing and punching on him.” Sherman, 30, one of five team captains, went into the scrum and threw a series of punches.
He made it clear they were “open-hand” shots, so he didn’t hurt his hands by slamming them against helmets.
“As a leader you can’t let them do your teammate like that,” Sherman said. “I felt like they went over the top … It took too long for them to let him go so I went in there to grab him. And they continued to pull and jerk and grab (him).
“I’m a grown man with kids. I don’t care about any of that. At the end of the day, they’re going to be punished for it … You put your hand son me, you’re going to feel me.”
Bears wide receivers Joshua Bellamy and Anthony Miller were also ejected for their role in the fight.
“Sherm was very clear to me he was trying to get his brother’s back and I love for guys to do that as much as they can,” head coach Kyle Shanaahn said. “It’s definitely better when they do as much as they can and they don’t get ejected. But they had two get ejected and we had one. So that was better.”
Said tight end George Kittle: ““Richard’s a baller and I love what he did. I’m not paying his fine, though.”
Finally, a takeaway: The first half didn’t feature much action – the 49ers led, 9-7, at halftime on three field goals by Robbie Gould – but it did have a monumental moment: The 49ers had their first takeaway since Oct. 28.
In the second quarter, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky threw a pass to Tarik Cohen behind the line of scrimmage that defensive tackle DeForest Buckner recovered after the running back couldn’t corral the lateral.
The takeaway was the 49ers’ sixth of the season and ended a drought in which they didn’t force a turnover in six games and 392 minutes and 49 seconds of game action.
The 49ers, who finished with two takeaways, will still set an NFL record fewest takeaways in a season if they don’t have four in the season finale against the Rams. They have two interceptions and will set a league record for the fewest in a season if they don’t have two against Los Angeles.
Injury report: Wide receiver Dante Pettis sustained what is believed to be sprained medial collateral knee ligament which will end his rookie season.
Pettis previously missed three games with a knee injury. He finished with 27 catches for 467 yards with five touchdowns.
In other injury news, running back Matt Breida exited in the second quarter after aggravating an ankle injury he’s had for most of the season. Tight end Garrett Celek exited with a concussion and wide receiver Marquise Goodwin sustained an Achilles injury on the 49ers’ final offensive play.
Shanahan said Goodwin’s injury likely wasn’t serious. Goodwin was spotted walking without a limp outside the locker room.
Record watch: Kittle (7 catches, 74 yards) moved up nine spots and now has the seventh-most receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history (1,215). Kittle is tied with Jimmy Graham, who had 1,215 yards in 2013.
Kittle needs 113 yards against the Rams to break Rob Gronkowski’s record the most receiving yards by a tight end. However, Kansas City’s Travis Kelce had five more receiving yards than Kittle before the Chiefs played at Seattle on Sunday night.
“Oh, I can’t wait to go watch him,” Kittle said of Kelce.
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