Sunday, September 22, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: Indianapolis Colts
By Mike Wells
SAN FRANCISCO -- Observed in the locker room after the Indianapolis Colts’ 27-7 win over the San Francisco 49ers:
Lack of respect: Several players, especially on defense, said they knew they were 10-point underdogs heading into the game. The odds were understandable since the Colts were without six starters, including safety LaRon Landry, who led the league in tackles heading into Sunday’s game, and they were playing on the road against the defending NFC champions. “Nobody gave us a chance, but we had the confidence that we could come in here and win,” defensive lineman Cory Redding said.
No Davis reunion: Colts cornerback Vontae Davis didn’t get a chance to play against his older brother, 49ers tight end Vernon Davis, for the first time after all. The elder Davis was inactive because of a hamstring injury. The 49ers could have used him because they had only 139 yards passing.
Crediting the special teams: The offense and the defense were excellent throughout the game, but the special teams unit must not get shortchanged in the credit department. Punter Pat McAfee averaged 48 yards on four punts, three of which landed inside the 20-yard line.