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In stunner, Colts overpower 49ers

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In one of the season’s most surprising results to date, the Colts rolled to a 27-7 victory against the 49ers on Sunday in San Francisco.

The Niners, the NFC champions in 2012, are now 1-2 and two games back of unbeaten Seattle in the West.

A strong ground game helped lead the way for Indianapolis, but it was Ahmad Bradshaw, not Trent Richardson, getting the biggest share of the carries. Bradshaw, the ex-Giants back, racked up 95 yards and a touchdown on 19 rushes. Richardson, whom the Colts acquired from Cleveland for a 2014 first-round pick on Wednesday, scored on his first carry but had just 35 rushing yards on 13 attempts.

Overall, the Colts outgained the 49ers 336-254 and held the ball for more than 36 minutes.

The Colts’ defense had a tremendous game. San Francisco’s passing game had a day to forget, with quarterback Colin Kaepernick completing just 13-of-27 passes for 150 yards. The Niners were without tight end Vernon Davis, a big part of their offense.

The Niners did have some early success with the ground game. However, the Colts surrendered just 13 rushing yards on seven carries in the second half as they surprisingly seized control of the game.

The victory puts the Colts in a tie atop the AFC South with the Texans and Titans at 2-1. The 49ers, by contrast, have a losing record for the first time in Jim Harbaugh’s tenure as head coach. Moreover, they face a week of questions about their offense, which has struggled in consecutive games. Now, the 49ers have the unenviable task of shaking off this loss and traveling to St. Louis for a game on Thursday night.

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  1. logicalvoicesays says: Sep 22, 2013 7:41 PM

    Notice how the league protects Luck by gifting the Colts Richardson while RGIII is layed out to dry by those unfair hits and fines for wearing apparel? What a (racial) bias! It’s all scripted. Not real. Football officially died when Paul Tagliabue retired. #Goodellhasitalllayedoutaheadoftime

  2. hyzers says: Sep 22, 2013 7:42 PM

    Overrated

  3. packattack1967 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:42 PM

    I have said several times on here with mostly thumbs down, that the niners will regret the day they let Alex Smith go and put their future in the tattooed gimmick.

  4. polegojim says: Sep 22, 2013 7:42 PM

    Harbaugh and Co. thought it was too easy last year.

    I’m kind of liking the humility he’s being taught.

  5. pacificnw7722 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:43 PM

    Seahawks set the “Blueprint” on how to shut Kap down.

  6. fdugrad says: Sep 22, 2013 7:43 PM

    UH OH, coach Jimmy’s head will literally spin completely around 360 degrees, some ten times after which, it will explode. He will then somehow glue the pieces together, thereby allowing him to blame the loss on the refs.

  7. robman91 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:47 PM

    i think it’s safe to say that the 9ers as a team are overrated. their run defense has some surprising gaps in it. also, a lot of people will say that kaepernick sucks because of this game, but, in fairness to him, his receivers were completely covered for the entire game. they are all too slow

  8. randomguy9999 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:48 PM

    anybody still think that RG3 will be a franchise guy like Luck is going to be?

    no contest

  9. braceyourselffor12 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:48 PM

    Congrats Indy, you outplayed the Niners in every phase of the game.

    Though again our defense held through until the 3rd quarter, an inept offense could not muster enough to get past 3 and outs in order to pull out a win. I’ve rooted for Luck since he as Stanford so today was bitter sweet.

    In 4 days the Niners face St. Louis so being 2-2 is possible, but man what a pathetic showing today. Regardless …

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  10. gromgrimfist says: Sep 22, 2013 7:48 PM

    how many cheap shots do the dirtiest team in football (49ers) have this week. Why is the league playing favorites is Aldon Smith played for Jacksonville he would have been suspended already.

  11. raiderapologist says: Sep 22, 2013 7:48 PM

    Don’t feel bad, Niner fan. The Raiders couldn’t beat the Colts, either.

  12. scoops1 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:49 PM

    Mike Francesa should be banned from picking games for the rest of the future

  13. themagicman1223 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:51 PM

    @fdugrad Maybe you should look up the definition of literally.

  14. nananatman says: Sep 22, 2013 7:52 PM

    Quick kiss your bicep and hope nobody notices the 3-0 Alex Smiths.

  15. rickyspanish says: Sep 22, 2013 7:53 PM

    Wow. It’s way too early to say the Niners are regressing, but this is not what I expected.

  16. flash1283 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:54 PM

    It’s a gimmick offense!!!

  17. robman91 says: Sep 22, 2013 7:54 PM

    “randomguy9999 says:
    Sep 22, 2013 7:48 PM
    anybody still think that RG3 will be a franchise guy like Luck is going to be?

    no contest”

    why wouldnt he be? he is only a second year qb who is learning how to be a true pocket passer, and who plays his 3rd game in 8 months today after having no ota’s, little training camp, and no preseason. people judging what kind of qb he is going to be on the games this season are silly.

  18. 12444uggg says: Sep 22, 2013 7:55 PM

    Sweet win. Good times.

  19. stillperfect says: Sep 22, 2013 7:56 PM

    Not too many read option qb’s with a winning record this year. Didn’t take long for the defenses to figure it out. Jim would probably like Alex back instead of his bicep kissing qb.

  20. xsfmed says: Sep 22, 2013 7:56 PM

    Give the Colts credit. They came into San Fran and punched the Niners in the mouth. Also, that Bradshaw guy is pretty good. I bet the Giants wished they still had a tough hardnosed runner who can pass block. Hmm

  21. 509seahawks says: Sep 22, 2013 7:57 PM

    norcalmafia must still be hiding
    haven’t seen him post his usual garbage on every Seahawk article. must be suffering from PTSD from last weeks beat down.

  22. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 22, 2013 7:59 PM

    Who has it better than the 49ers? I ask you who?
    Drunk Defensive Ends.
    Cry baby coach.
    Gimmicky unproven quarterback.
    Over confident fanbase.

    Who has it better I ask of all of you.
    Please tell me, for I do not know.

  23. 9erssince85 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:01 PM

    We looked bad today boys. Two weeks in a row Kaep has looked pathetic and offense have turned the ball over too much. As a huge inner fan, I’ve admitted that we will only win 10 games this year and sneak in as a wildcard and I’m okay with that. However, lets make plays offense. We’re starting to lookalike the Iggles, 1st game was outta this world yet we get spanked lat 2 weeks. Lets get healthy against those rams.

  24. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Sep 22, 2013 8:04 PM

    I thought you were leaving @logical. We were all happy to see you go. It’s a shame you took people like me who did not care about the Skins to making me hate them.

    #youlljustmakeanotherscreenname

  25. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:05 PM

    i didnt think it was a upset, Colts are better than the media gives us credit for!! Luck is a true franchise from’12 QB, so is Wilson and Tannehill and thats it!!!!!

  26. lance19 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:07 PM

    Until Trent actually posts some decent NFL numbers…

  27. roymunson1 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:08 PM

    I wish this Colts team played last week vs. the Dolphins!

  28. mrpolarbear99 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:08 PM

    49ers didn’t run any read-option plays today from what I saw. Colts just outplayed them on all fronts. Nothing to do with any gimmick offenses being figured out.

  29. pats1977 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:08 PM

    I know it’s early in the season, but so much for the so-called ‘NFC POWERHOUSES’.

    Colts Vs Niners = Win
    Phins Vs Falcons = Win
    Pats Vs Bucs = Win
    Bengals Vs Pacs = Win
    Browns Vs Vikings = Win
    Chiefs Vs Eagles = Win

    Only the pathetic Jags lost to the Seahawks, and the Steelers play the Bears tonight.

  30. adenaguy says: Sep 22, 2013 8:10 PM

    Logicalvoicesays – hey man you are letting race get in the way of your logical thinking. Those days are long gone, the best QB is the man that plays. Nobody gives a rats patootee what color someone’s skin is.
    Let it go man. Let’s all move on. Has anyone ever
    seen Apollo 13? And if so, can we all strive to achieve that type of excellence?
    Logical voice, move on man.

  31. rap49er says: Sep 22, 2013 8:11 PM

    Last game at Stick will undoubtedly be against Falcons. No home playoff games this year, that’s for certain.

  32. losanginsight says: Sep 22, 2013 8:14 PM

    …and everywhere Bradshaw owners (myself) are hanging their heads. Good game Indy.

  33. douglasmark85 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:15 PM

    logicalvoicesays says: Sep 22, 2013 7:41 PM

    Notice how the league protects Luck by gifting the Colts Richardson while RGIII is layed out to dry by those unfair hits and fines for wearing apparel? What a (racial) bias! It’s all scripted. Not real. Football officially died when Paul Tagliabue retired. #Goodellhasitalllayedoutaheadoftime

    Logical weren’t you crowing about how the 49ers were going to get a Redskins beatdown in November? Better play nice. If you keep this up, Goodell won’t let you guys win any games!

  34. prijak1 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:16 PM

    Every NFL team has figured out the Kaepernick gimmick ….. The Seahawks will win the division….

  35. rocketcrab says: Sep 22, 2013 8:20 PM

    For the first time since March 1984, I actually rooted for the Colts.

  36. slick50ks says: Sep 22, 2013 8:20 PM

    Who knew college offenses wouldn’t work for long in the NFL?

    Anyone with an iota of common sense, that’s who.

  37. bert1913 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:21 PM

    seahawks 3-0
    niner 1-2

  38. deepthreat88 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:22 PM

    Kaep is indecisive: takes sacks and throws the ball away when he should run. Inaccurate passer with his nervous feet in pocket. He thinks he is Peyton after the GB game, needs to realize he has to use his legs for us to win.

  39. goodellmustgo says: Sep 22, 2013 8:25 PM

    There is a reason Kaepernick played for Nevada.

  40. bleedgreen11 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:30 PM

    Andrew luck and russel wilson did everything right, no gq articles, no adidas commercials, no trade marking kissing their biceps, no playing with their hair during interviews.. they spend every moment preparing for the next team or giving themselves to their communities. Hard work pays off.

    Redskins fans shouldn’t have gassed rg’s knees up so much, kids head was already huge.

  41. mojomagician says: Sep 22, 2013 8:31 PM

    Not a 49ers fan but I was a little shocked to see how incredibly inaccurate Kaepernick is..
    I think it seems like teams with these read option QBs (Skins/49ers) are trying to turn those guys into pocket passers to keep them healthy and that basically takes away the thing that makes them special.
    Maybe they need to go back to the pistol and have a good backup when the inevitable injuries happen.

  42. osiris33 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:32 PM

    Seahawks will run away with the NFC. It’s already over.

  43. couldntthinkofaname says: Sep 22, 2013 8:33 PM

    On the bright side for SF, at least the dome will be nice and quiet, unlike when they visited Seattle.

  44. dirtysouthniner says: Sep 22, 2013 8:38 PM

    We’ve never been punched in the mouth twice in a row. Hopefully the team responds with a win next week. Its football you win some you lose some, all you fans enjoy bashing the niners, we’re down and deserve it. Go Niners

  45. hawkforlife says: Sep 22, 2013 8:38 PM

    Maybe it was too loud at the stick when the 49ers had the ball.

  46. dcapettini says: Sep 22, 2013 8:39 PM

    Don’t bother with trying to reason with ‘Logicalvoicesays’. Just enjoy the comic relief he provides.
    The Niners sure looked bad, but hey, so did the Texans, Falcons and Packers. Are they bad teams? No, it just wasn’t their day. Parity reigns supreme! The cream will eventually float to the top. I’ll bet there are a lot of folks who wish they had kept Alex Smith (KC 3-0). He didn’t really cost that much and they could have had him and Kaepernick.

    If you really want to know who had a bad ady, Joe Banner’s boys started their 3rd string QB just to make sure that they didn’t win and what a surprise they got. Now they have to lose to the Jags .

  47. jayniner says: Sep 22, 2013 8:41 PM

    braceyourselffor12 says:
    Sep 22, 2013 7:48 PM
    Congrats Indy, you outplayed the Niners in every phase of the game.

    Though again our defense held through until the 3rd quarter, an inept offense could not muster enough to get past 3 and outs in order to pull out a win. I’ve rooted for Luck since he as Stanford so today was bitter sweet.

    In 4 days the Niners face St. Louis so being 2-2 is possible, but man what a pathetic showing today. Regardless …

    GO NINERS!!!!!

    —————-

    yeah go niners….*sigh*

  48. azjahwkr says: Sep 22, 2013 8:42 PM

    How’s life without the “game manager” Alex Smith? We’re really happy in KC. Now you’ll get our 2nd round draft pick and screw it up like you did the last one

  49. mlgamboa2 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:42 PM

    GO to sleep Logical Voice!!! lol

  50. sisqsage says: Sep 22, 2013 8:45 PM

    Wasn’t Mangenius brought aboard to help Roman figure out what defenses were going to do? Not working out too well is it? The play calling and lack of a plan B to all of the simple press coverage has been pathetic. Roman is being exposed as not head coach material.

  51. harbingeroftruth says: Sep 22, 2013 8:46 PM

    Let’s NOT dislocate a shoulder by patting yourself on the back too hard.

    I sure hope that this team didn’t squander a first round draft pick for 2.7 yards a carry average running back.

    13 Rushes.
    35 Total Yards.
    7 Yard(s) Longest run
    2.7 Yard(s) Average

    I know it’s his first game, however he is not playing behind the Cleveland Browns offensive line either.

  52. deepthreat88 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:52 PM

    Sure looks like the niners have been out coached the last two games also. Greg Roman’s chance of being a head coach are slipping away as fast as the losses are adding up.

  53. briank1ne says: Sep 22, 2013 8:55 PM

    Ummm…lets not count the niners out just yet. With every action is a reaction. Kaep acted last year and now is the league’s defensive reaction. Now we have to wait for the next move by the niners. It also doesn’t help that the niners basically penalty themselves until their heels touch their own endzone. Penalties are absolutely killing them. Along with poor play is a disaterous mix. And it’s showing. But I wouldn’t count them out just yet.

  54. fdugrad says: Sep 22, 2013 9:01 PM

    magicman: Thanks for the advice. By the way, just for the record, which part of my post do you think couldn’t LITERALLY happen, the 360 degree head spins, the head exploding or his ability to then glue it together?

  55. skinsfan91 says: Sep 22, 2013 9:05 PM

    Good job Colts. You see, even though you guys have your own Logical (peytonsneck18) I can still appreciate the guys on the field have nothing to do with that drip. Guess you guys can’t do the same with Logical.

  56. thebirdofprey says: Sep 22, 2013 9:08 PM

    49ers and fans need to eat their humble pie. The bandwagon is nearly empty. The fact is the last two seasons they basically went injury free which never happens in football. People point at the Steelers and say their old, well folks San Fransisco is older in average age of rosters. They have a very solid front 7 but a really weak secondary. Their offensive line gets credit as best in football but I watch this year Staley/Davis get beat regularly in pass protection. Crabtree going down killed them at WR but it will look better when Davis comes back. The wheels seem to be falling off fast on this “Kaep is elite” thing because he looks like a rookie out there.

  57. dedicatedhawkfan says: Sep 22, 2013 9:15 PM

    briankine -the penalties are the 9ers reaction to panic

  58. turtlehut says: Sep 22, 2013 9:16 PM

    I think is very funny that as usual, whenever Luck does well, the first comment is another Skins fan with a huge inferiority complex about RGIII. Too bad these guys can’t just be happy that have RGIII and post on their own games.

  59. dstep24 says: Sep 22, 2013 9:16 PM

    Let’s face it… The Seahawks took CKs spirit right out of him. Demoralized him. Degraded him. Made him look amateur. Twice in a six-game span.

    His spirit has been crushed, and he has now been exposed as yet another young, extremely gifted athlete trying to play the quarterback position. Last week he broke. This week, he had nothing.

    I love it.

  60. cwk22 says: Sep 22, 2013 9:21 PM

    Guess the asylum didn’t take Logicalvoices computer away after all. And what’s with the racist comment? You really are a nut case!

  61. deepthreat88 says: Sep 22, 2013 9:24 PM

    Birdofprey you are overstating the value real Niner fans put on Crabtree. He is a good number two receiver; just like Boldin. They are screwed unless they can get some production out of Patton or Moore. Next year getting a solid #1 receiver is critical.

    Why the Niners let Seattle get Percy Harvin is mind boggling

  62. jakafett says: Sep 22, 2013 9:49 PM

    Kaep is now seeing what it is like to have to adjust to the adjustment. He will eventually be better for this, nothing should ever be too easy you only get better through struggle…and goodness is he struggling. Playing scattered, lacking decisiveness and not fluid. The game plan has left a lot to be desired, no creativity, no misdirection and no catching the defense off guard. Use that big line, soften them up then get on the edge. They are in for some growing pains. Maybe a tough year ahead, but a lot of talent is on this team and through humility they will find their way, it just may take longer than niner fans want to wait.

  63. ninerfan94954 says: Sep 22, 2013 9:56 PM

    Besides Vernon Davis and Antwan Boldin there are no receiving threats on this team…just a bunch of receivers who are there for special teams. Stop or control the run, wear the defense down from being on the field an inordinate amount of time and you stop this team. Roman better start making some big time adjustments fast… the league has figured them out.

  64. thebirdofprey says: Sep 22, 2013 10:01 PM

    Deepthreat88
    I just remember watching Crabtree last year and he was converting huge third downs, 9-10 TD’s and top of the league in YAC. I thought he is more of an X than Z but I’ll admit I didn’t watch all of your games last year, so you’re probably right.

  65. cubancigar10 says: Sep 22, 2013 10:07 PM

    roymunson1 says: Sep 22, 2013 8:08 PM

    I wish this Colts team played last week vs. the Dolphins!

    ///////////////////////

    The fins are a top 3 defense. They can make a good offense look bad. Deal with it!!

  66. citynative says: Sep 22, 2013 10:13 PM

    dstep24 says:

    Let’s face it… The Seahawks took CKs spirit right out of him. Demoralized him. Degraded him. Made him look amateur. Twice in a six-game span.
    – - – - – - – - –

    So much so that when it happened last year in Seattle, he took them to the Super Bowl after.

  67. citynative says: Sep 22, 2013 10:16 PM

    nananatman says:

    Quick kiss your bicep and hope nobody notices the 3-0 Alex Smiths.

    – - – - – - – - – - – - –

    So football is not a team game? By your logic Geno Smith is better than Aaron Rodgers because the Jets have a better record? Or maybe Jake Locker is better than Eli Manning? It is week 3.

  68. greatestgamensports says: Sep 22, 2013 10:19 PM

    49ers way overrated! The D is awful can’t stop the run for nothing, no #1 WR that can stretch the field! 8-8 @ best and def misses the playoffs. Plain-simple-period.

  69. norcalmafia says: Sep 22, 2013 10:23 PM

    Im not hiding…Kaepernick is a flqsh in the pan and Niners are regressing..I dont run from anything I say..
    Seahawks are easily the best team in the division..Way better then the the Niners..
    DOesnt change the fact that Seattle is lame so are thier fans and Seattle is one of the most irrelevent teams in all of sports..The Niners do suck but in losing will still be more popular than your irrelevent team from a lame city..Goodluck in the playoffs..

  70. garrisjs says: Sep 22, 2013 10:32 PM

    Where’s all the “WHAT’S WRONG WITH KAEPERNICK?” media blitz?
    The sports media couldn’t wait to unfairly criticize RG3 when he didn’t start the season well, why is Kaepernick getting a pass?

  71. romosrevenge says: Sep 22, 2013 10:39 PM

    To norcalmafia – Heads up – the objective of this game is to WIN, like the Colts did today. Being POPULAR is the objective of 15 yr. old girls.

  72. tinbender2000 says: Sep 22, 2013 10:50 PM

    Anyone else miss the days when Washington was winning and logical was only extremely annoying?

  73. indywilson40 says: Sep 22, 2013 10:52 PM

    Go Coats!!!! Super Bow !!!!!

  74. dstep24 says: Sep 22, 2013 11:13 PM

    citynative says:
    Sep 22, 2013 10:13 PM
    dstep24 says:

    Let’s face it… The Seahawks took CKs spirit right out of him. Demoralized him. Degraded him. Made him look amateur. Twice in a six-game span.
    – – – – – – – – –

    So much so that when it happened last year in Seattle, he took them to the Super Bowl after.

    ————-

    Oh boy….Livin’ on last year, already…which ended with a loss, by the way. The balloon is hemorrhaging air, folks.

  75. taintedlombardis says: Sep 22, 2013 11:49 PM

    The RG3 haters are showing their stupidity. The dumbing down of America is apparent.

  76. deepthreat88 says: Sep 23, 2013 12:00 AM

    Birdofprey, Crab’s a good solid player, but nobody is confusing him for Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Dez Bryant, Roddy White, etc. he’s a possession guy. The Niners need a speed guy, either in the slot or on the end that can stretch a defense and get separation. A guy that demands double coverage.

    Holy Crap: imagine if the Niners had Crab/Boldin, Vernon, AND Percy Harvin. The Seahawks grabbed Harvin so the Niners couldn’t get him as much as getting him for themselves.

    Speaks to a bunch of questionable moves by the Niners in the offseason: coulda had Reeves, Harvin, drafting guys that they think can contribute in a few years… c’mon! Way too over confident. Yeah there were salary cap challenges, but they could have been dealt with for a chance to win this year.

  77. pharmgirlhawkfan says: Sep 23, 2013 12:51 AM

    “I WANT IT NOW! I WANT CAKE NOW!”

  78. drewzducks says: Sep 23, 2013 1:06 AM

    On the bright side, at least the roads were safe for three hours.

  79. myhawks1976 says: Sep 23, 2013 5:36 AM

    crazy parity fact…. Seahawks are the only team in the NFC that was in the playoffs with a winning record right now….

    San Fran. 1-2
    GB. 1-2
    Wash. 0-3
    Atlanta. 1-2
    Minn. 0-3

    if you take my 3-0 Hawks out of it, the other 5 NFC playoff teams last year have combined to go 3-12 to start the season.

    crazy.

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