The 49ers were dominated on both sides of the football in a 27-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon. In a dismal performance, the 49ers had seven punts in the game to go with the seven points they scored. This is the first time the 49ers have lost consecutive games under Jim Harbaugh as head coach. The 49ers (1-2), are tied with the Cardinals (1-2) and Rams (1-2) as they trail the Seahawks (3-0) by two games in the NFC West Division.
Patrick Willis also went down with a groin injury in the third quarter and couldn’t finish the game. Harbaugh said it is unclear how serious the injury to the All-Pro linebacker is.
To start the second half, the 49ers ended up going three and out while the Colts added a field goal to go up 13-7.
After missing another field goal attempt, the Colts scored again when Andrew Luck’s boot leg touchdown run capped off an 11-play, 80 yard drive that took 7:01 off the clock in the fourth quarter which put the Colts up 20-7.
Colin Kaepernick fumbled after trying to scramble which put the Colts in the red zone on the ensuing possession. Ahmad Bradshaw’s touchdown put the nail on the coffin late in the fourth quarter for the game’s final score.
Kaepernick finished the game completing 13 of 27 attempts with no touchdowns and one interception. It was a dismal performance by the 49ers reserve wide receivers with Anquan Boldin being the only WR to have receiving yards until the fourth quarter. It wasn’t until garbage time where Kyle Williams had two late receptions. Out of Kaepernick’s 13 completions, five of them went to Anquan Boldin.
Earlier in the week, it was well-documented that Aldon Smith was arrested for a DUI on Friday morning before being released on bail. The 49ers played him on every down for the entire second half as he recorded one sack and five tackles. He proved to be ineffective for the first half.
The 49ers CEO Jed York said Aldon Smith will not be playing on Thursday against the Rams saying it's a personal matter. Smith was seen in the locker room reading a statement and apologizing for his off the field troubles. He is currently suspended indefinitely.
The Colts started the opening drive with a touchdown where Andrew Luck completed five of five passes. Two throws were to Darrius Heyward-Bey and it ended with a one-yard touchdown run by Trent Richardson. This was his first carry as an Indianapolis Colt since the trade earlier this week.
Later in the first quarter, the 49ers were able to respond with a 91-yard drive. Frank Gore had 53 yards on the possession with Kaepernick scrambling for 24 yards. Kendall Hunter finished the drive with a 13-yard touchdown run to the right. The Colts added a 43-yard field goal by Adam Vinatieti as they led the 49ers 10-7 at halftime.
Kaepernick completed only two out of eight attempts for 38 yards in the first half. Both completions went to Anquan Boldin.
The 49ers will travel to St. Louis to play the Rams on Thursday night on a shortened week for their next game.