Richard Sherman goes down swinging for 49ers

San Francisco 49ers’ Richard Sherman talks with head coach Kyle Shanahan after Sherman was ejected in 4th quarter of Chicago Bears’ 14-9 win in NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Sunday, December 23, 2018.

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San Francisco 49ers’ Richard Sherman talks with head coach Kyle Shanahan after Sherman was ejected in 4th quarter of Chicago Bears’ 14-9 win in NFL game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. on Sunday,

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Richard Sherman went down fighting.

No, really.

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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 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).

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“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 hands on 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 lateraled to running back Tarik Cohen behind the line of scrimmage. Cohen couldn’t handle the toss, and defensive tackle DeForest Buckner recovered the football.

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 for fewest takeaways in a season if they don’t have at least 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 at least two next weekend.

Injury report: Wide receiver Dante Pettis sustained what is believed to be a sprained medial collateral knee ligament that will end his rookie season.

He finished with 27 catches for 467 yards with five scores.

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.

Record watch: Kittle (seven catches, 74 yards) moved up nine spots and now has the seventh-most receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history. 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 for the most receiving yards by a tight end. However, Kansas City’s Travis Kelce now has 1,274 yards after getting 54 in a loss to Seattle.

Eric Branch is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

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