Entering today’s game in Candlestick Park, no one gave the Indianapolis Colts hope against the San Francisco 49ers. With many of the offensive starters out for today’s game including running back Vick Ballard, tight end Dwayne Allen and offensive linemen Donald Thomas and Samson Satele most thought they would struggle to score.
After all, they struggled with the Miami Dolphins‘ pass rush last week and the 49ers had a much better defense and personnel.
On the other side of the ball the Colts were banged up as well and were without starting safety and leading tackler in the NFL after two weeks, LaRon Landry. This game was, on paper, going to be lopsided.
Someone forgot to tell the Colts that as they beat the 49ers 27-7. The victory can go on the shoulders of Indianapolis is just a better team and were more physical.
Everyone said the 49ers were one of the most physical teams in football. They had a stout defense, controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and made bone crushing hits. Well all of that ended up being the Colts not San Francisco.
Indianapolis brought in Ahmad Bradshaw in the offseason through free agency and traded for another running back in Trent Richardson this week. Those two combined to give the Colts 180 yards on the ground on 38 attempts. Bradshaw had 95 yards on 19 attempts while Richardson had 35 yards on 13 attempts. Both scored touchdowns on the day as quarterback Andrew Luck gave Indianapolis a third score of the game with all touchdowns coming on the ground.
On the defensive side of the ball the Colts held the 49ers to 115 yards on the ground on 23 attempts. They managed quarterback Colin Kaepernick very well not allowing him to do anything with his feet and forcing him to throw. A great pass rush made him inaccurate as the Colts sacked him three times.
What a change of events in the NFL. This Colts team used to be built on finesse on offense and a bend don’t break defense. Now they’re a smash-mouth team beating you up on the line of scrimmage, out-rushing teams, and getting a pass rush. This could be a Super Bowl contending team.
Indianapolis had zero turnovers, protected Luck allowing only one sack and were penalized only once. They also out-rushed the 49ers 179-115, had three sacks on Kaepernick and an interception. That will equal a victory in every game. When you do it against a Super Bowl caliber team it makes them a potential frontrunner.
Eric Smith is the Colts Beat Writer for Rant Sports. He’s covered the team the past four years and is recognized as an accredited member of the media by the Colts. Follow him on Twitter @ericsportsguru