The Indianapolis Colts, ladies and gentlemen. They went out earlier in the week to make a shocking trade for running back Trent Richardson, and now they end the week with a shocking 27-7 win over the San Francisco 49ers. This game either told us the Colts are really good, or the 49ers aren’t as good as we thought.
The Niners were expected to come out and rout the Colts, as they were missing linebacker Pat Angerer and safety Laron Landry. San Fran hasn’t lost back-to-back games under Jim Harbaugh yet. Also, they should have been heated after being embarrassed by division rival Seattle Seahawks last Sunday, and Colin Kaepernick hadn’t lost a home game as a starter. Everything was in the 49ers favor, but the Colts just didn’t care. They came out with a spark in the running game, scoring all of their touchdowns on the ground. New Colt Trent Richardson was their first score on the ground, then Ahmad Bradshaw and Andrew Luck went on to add one themselves. Indy put up 179 rushing yards on San Francisco, which is surprising to say the least.
The Colts also got it done on defense. It seemed Niners’ receivers couldn’t get free of the Colts’ secondary, which couldn’t have made Kaepernick happy. He only threw for 150 yards on the day, while also throwing a pick. San Francisco ended up only scoring 7 points in the game.
For the Colts, they should leave San Francisco very encouraged. They won the game without even needing to air it out or rally behind Andrew Luck. For the 49ers, they should be a little worried. They’ve dropped two straight, including one at home, by a lot. They definitely need to evaluate some things before they travel to play the St. Louis Rams Thursday night.