Sunday, November 1, 2009
Wrap-up: Colts 18, 49ers 14
By Paul Kuharsky
Posted by ESPN.com’s Paul Kuharsky
The Colts’ winning points came not from the arm of Peyton Manning, but the arm of Joseph Addai. The running back’s touchdown pass of 22-yard to Reggie Wayne provided the winning margin in an 18-14 victory over San Francisco at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Did the Niners find a way to slow the Colts offense, which had been precise and deadly since a slow start in the opener against Jacksonville? Sure. But the points from the rare trickery count the same and so does the win.
The defense gave up an early 64-yard touchdown run to Frank Gore but fared pretty well from there. The Colts wound up with the edge in yards (410-295), takeaways (2-0) and time of possession (with 33:25).
With Denver’s loss in Baltimore, the Colts now stand as the AFC’s lone undefeated team. On a less than perfect day, Indianapolis found a way.
The Colts now go from an unfamiliar opponent to a very familiar one. They next host upstart Houston, off to the best start in its short history at 5-3.