NFL Nation: 2013 Week 3 IND at SFO Rapid Reaction
September, 22, 2013
By Mike Wells | ESPN.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- A few thoughts on the Indianapolis Colts’ 27-7 win over the San Francisco 49ers:
What it means: The Colts were without their league-leading tackler -- safety LaRon Landry -- and their leading tackler -- linebacker Pat Angerer -- from two seasons ago while having to face a San Francisco offense trying to get back on track. The Colts stood up to the challenge outside of a rough series on which 49ers running back Frank Gore ran wild. The Colts locked up 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and their offense the rest of the game. The Colts held the 49ers to 254 total yards and forced two turnovers. Kaepernick was only 13-of-27 for 150 yards, and Gore gained only 12 yards in the second half after rushing for 70 in the first.
Stock watch: Something had to give between Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and his former college coach Jim Harbaugh. Luck was 5-0 after losses, and Harbaugh was 7-0 in the same situation. Luck got the better of Harbaugh to keep his perfect record intact. Luck sealed the game for the Colts when he ran in untouched from 6 yards out to put the Colts up 20-7 with 4:27 left in the game.
Premature flags: The officials had an issue with getting ahead of themselves during the first half. Referee Terry McAulay had to clarify that they threw an inadvertent flag three times. The officials cleaned it up in the second half, with no miscues during the final 30 minutes.
What’s next: The Colts stay on the road again, traveling to Florida to take on AFC South counterpart Jacksonville on Sept. 29.
September, 22, 2013
By Bill Williamson | ESPN.com
SAN FRANCISCO -- A few thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers' 27-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts:
What it means: It’s nervous time in San Francisco. The 49ers are 1-2 and under .500 for the first time in the Jim Harbaugh era. The 49ers, who lost to a Colts team that was playing without six starters, are now two games behind rival Seattle in the NFC West. The 49ers looked awful on offense on a day Andrew Luck beat his former college coach. With poor offensive play, injuries mounting and Aldon Smith's off-field issues, the 49ers are nearing the crisis stage.
Painful day: The 49ers lost star inside linebacker Patrick Willis to a groin injury late in the third quarter. His status for Thursday’s game at St. Louis might be in question. The 49ers can’t afford to play without their heart and soul for too long. Also, tight end Vernon Davis missed Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury he suffered last week in Seattle. It was his first missed game since 2007. It might be difficult for him to return Thursday.
Stock watch: The San Francisco passing game was awful. Colin Kaepernick threw for just 150 yards. He completed two passes in the first half. It’s not all on Kaepernick, however. His receivers could not get open. This was a problem last week in Seattle, and it could become a major issue.
Penalties still an issue: The 49ers were penalized six times. They have been flagged 29 times in three games. They were penalized twice on the Colts’ series that gave Indianapolis a double-digit lead late in the fourth quarter.
What’s next: The 49ers don’t have much time to lick their wounds. They play at St. Louis on Thursday. It’s a short week at a bad time for the 49ers. They have to adjust accordingly or they could fall way behind the Seahawks.