The San Francisco 49ers’ came into the game this afternoon against the Indianapolis Colts reeling from a 29-3 destruction at the hands of divisional rival Seattle, and will be reeling even more after being defeated 27-7 at home on Sunday.
The defense was missing defensive tackle Ian Williams, Eric Reid was suffering from the aftermath of a concussion, defensive tackle Ray McDonald was suffering from two ankle sprains, Aldon Smith was dealing with an uncertain future after receiving his second DUI in 20 months – on offense All Pro tight end Vernon Davis was ruled out prior to the game — safe to say the 49ers’ were a shambles.
With all of those storylines plaguing the 49ers’ heading into the week, they looked like a defeated team – and ultimately were.
Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck came in to San Francisco to face his old coach at Stanford, Jim Harbaugh, and was calm, cool, and collected going 18 for 27 with 164 yards. Newly acquired running back Trent Richardson scored the first touchdown of the game for the Colts on a 1-yard gallop – and finished with 13 carries for 35 yards.
Frank Gore was the lone bright spot for the 49ers on offense, gaining 82 yards on 11 carries – and backup Kendall Hunter scored the 49ers’ only TD of the day on a 13 yard run in the 1st quarter.
Colin Kaepernick looked tentative and indecisive, once again completing less than 50% of his passes. Kaepernick went 13 of 27 for 150 yards with no touchdowns and an interception – and rushed for just 20 yards on 7 carries.
San Francisco moves to 1-2 on the season and has a quick turnaround, having to play at St. Louis on Thursday. All Pro linebacker Patrick Willis went out with a groin injury and did not return, so his status is uncertain for that game.
Indianapolis moves to 2-1 on the season and plays at Jacksonville next Sunday.