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Weather sloppy, 49ers sloppier in 30-18 loss Colts

Oct 24, 2021 at 8:24 PM--


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1st 2nd 3rd 4th Tot
IND 7 6 7 10 30
SF 12 0 0 6 18

The weather was ugly as the San Francisco 49ers hosted the Indianapolis Colts at Levi's Stadium Sunday night, with consistent sheets of rain accompanied by strong winds. The 49ers somehow managed to look even uglier than the weather, putting on a performance filled with costly errors in a 30-18 loss to the Colts.

The 49ers jumped out to a 12-7 first quarter lead but stumbled from there, committing three turnovers and seven penalties for 122 yards while being outscored the rest of the way. 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo completed 16-of-27 passes for 181 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the losing effort, while Colts quarterback Carson Wentz threw for 150 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions.

First Half

The 49ers fielded the opening kickoff and began the game with a statement drive, moving 78 yards in eight plays to take a 6-0 lead on a 14-yard run by Mitchell. Mitchell ran for 57 yards on five carries on the drive, while Garoppolo completed two passes for 18 yards. The point-after attempt from kicker Joey Slye sailed wide right.


The strong start from the 49ers continued on the game's next offensive play, as cornerback Josh Norman forced a fumble by running back Jonathan Taylor that was recovered at the Colts' 28-yard line by linebacker Fred Warner. Mitchell followed the turnover with a 12-yard run to the Colts' 16-yard line, but the 49ers stalled from there and settled for a 34-yard field goal from Slye to open up a 9-0 lead.


The Colts struck back on their next possession, moving 75 yards in six plays to cut the 49ers' lead to 9-7 on an 11-yard pass from Wentz to tight end Mo Alie-Cox. Wentz found wide receiver Michael Pittman for a 57-yard completion over Norman on the third play of the possession, then a wide-open Cox cruised into the end zone three plays later for the score.


The 49ers answered Cox's touchdown with a six-play, 39-yard drive that led to a 56-yard field goal from Slye and a 12-7 lead, but the Colts quickly found themselves deep in 49ers territory on the next possession when a third-down 40-yard pass interference call on nickel back K'Waun Williams moved the ball to the 49ers' 35-yard line. A 33-yard run from Taylor set the Colts up with a 1st-and-Goal at the 2, but their scoring opportunity was killed when Wentz tossed the ball into the hands of linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair after being pressured by defensive end Nick Bosa.


Rain began to intensify as the second quarter progressed, which led to the pace of the game slowing significantly. Wentz's fumble was followed by six consecutive punts, five of them coming on three-and-outs. The Colts eventually got a break at at the three-minute mark when they recovered a fumble by wide receiver Deebo Samuel at the 49ers' 28-yard line, then they took a 13-12 lead with one minute remaining in the half when Wentz scored on a one-yard touchdown two plays after a pass interference call on cornerback Emmanuel Moseley in the end zone. The score remained at 13-12 after the Colts fell short on a two-point conversion, then the 49ers ran out the clock to end the half.


The half ended with a 153-139 yardage edge for the 49ers, who also held an edge in time of possession at 15:51 to 14:09. But the 49ers fell short in two key areas -- third downs (0 for 7) and penalties, where they had three costly infractions for 64 yards while the Colts escaped the half with zero.

Second Half

The Colts opened the second half with a lengthy possession (nine plays, 30 yards, six minutes and 26 seconds) that ended in a punt, but they got the ball back seven plays later when defensive end Kwity Paye recovered a loose ball at the 49ers' 33-yard line caused by a strip sack of Garoppolo by defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad. The Colts were hit with a ten-yard offensive holding penalty on the first snap after the penalty, but on the ensuing 1st-and-20 play, the 49ers were flagged for another costly pass interference call, this one for 38 yards on safety Jaquiski Tartt. Taylor then ran in from five yards out to give the Colts a 20-12 lead.


The Colts answered the Samuel touchdown with a 42-yard field goal from kicker Michael Badgley, then came up with their third forced turnover of the night when cornerback Xavier Rhodes intercepted a tipped Garoppolo pass and advanced it to the 49ers' 39-yard line. Wentz later connected with Pittman for a 28-yard touchdown with under three minutes to play to take a 30-18 lead. The game was sealed on the next possession when Garoppolo was picked off by safety Khairi Willis at the Colts' 16-yard line.


Taylor and Mitchell put up identical numbers on the ground, both rushing for 107 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries. Pittman caught four passes for 105 yards and one touchdown, while Samuel hauled in seven passes for 100 yards and one touchdown.

The loss sends the 49ers to 2-4 on the season, while the Colts improved their record to 3-4. The 49ers return to action on Sunday, October 31 in a road contest against the Chicago Bears (1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT, FOX).


IND Team Stats SF
295 Total Yards 280
147 Passing Yards 169
148 Rushing Yards 111
5.8 Avg Yards per Pass 6.7
4.5 Avg Yards per Run 4.6
2 Fumbles Lost 2
0 Int Thrown 2
1 Sacks Allowed 2
33:56 Time of Pos 26:04
6 Penalties 7

Colts Player Stats
Passing Cmp/Att Yds TDs INTs
Carson Wentz 17/26 150 2 0
Rushing Att Yds Avg TDs
Jonathan Taylor 18 107 5.9 1
Carson Wentz 4 23 5.8 1
Nyheim Hines 8 14 1.8 0
Marlon Mack 3 4 1.3 0
Receiving Rec Tgt Yds TDs
Michael Pittman 4 4 105 1
Mo Alie-Cox 3 3 25 1
Zach Pascal 3 6 14 0
Keke Coutee 1 1 5 0
Jonathan Taylor 3 3 3 0
Kylen Granson 0 1 0 0
Jack Doyle 0 1 0 0
Ashton Dulin 2 4 0 0
Nyheim Hines 1 3 -2 0
Fumbles Fum Lost
Carson Wentz 2 1
Jonathan Taylor 2 1
Kicking FG Att Lg XP
Mike Badgley 1 1 42 3
Punting No Avg I20 Lg
Rigoberto Sanchez 6 45.5 2 79
Kickoff Returns Yds Avg TDs Lg
Zach Pascal 14 14 0 14
Punt Returns Att Avg TDs Lg
Nyheim Hines 1 5 0 5
Defense T-A Sck INTs FF
Kenny Moore II 5-2 0 0 0
DeForest Buckner 5-0 1 0 0
Khari Willis 4-2 0 1 0
Xavier Rhodes 3-1 0 1 0
Darius Leonard 2-5 0 0 1
Bobby Okereke 2-2 0 0 0
E.J. Speed 2-1 0 0 0
Matthew Adams 2-0 0 0 0
Isaiah Rodgers 2-0 0 0 0
Zaire Franklin 1-4 0 0 0
Kwity Paye 1-3 0 0 0
Andrew Sendejo 1-1 0 0 0
George Odum 1-1 0 0 0
Ashton Dulin 1-1 0 0 0
Grover Stewart 1-1 0 0 0
Isaac Rochell 1-0 0 0 0
Zach Pascal 1-0 0 0 0
Tyquan Lewis 1-0 0 0 0
Al-Quadin Muhammad 1-0 1 0 1

49ers Player Stats
Passing Cmp/Att Yds TDs INTs
Jimmy Garoppolo 16/27 181 1 2
Rushing Att Yds Avg TDs
Eli Mitchell 18 107 5.9 1
Brandon Aiyuk 1 3 3 0
JaMycal Hasty 3 1 0.3 0
Jimmy Garoppolo 2 0 0 0
Receiving Rec Tgt Yds TDs
Deebo Samuel 7 11 100 1
Charlie Woerner 2 2 30 0
Mohamed Sanu 1 1 16 0
JaMycal Hasty 3 6 15 0
Trent Sherfield 1 2 9 0
Brandon Aiyuk 1 1 6 0
Ross Dwelley 1 2 5 0
Jauan Jennings 0 2 0 0
Fumbles Fum Lost
Jimmy Garoppolo 2 1
Deebo Samuel 1 1
Kicking FG Att Lg XP
Joey Slye 2 2 56 0
Punting No Avg I20 Lg
Mitch Wishnowsky 4 48.3 1 65
Kickoff Returns Yds Avg TDs Lg
Deebo Samuel 60 30 0 33
Trenton Cannon 59 19.7 0 27
Punt Returns Att Avg TDs Lg
Brandon Aiyuk 2 4 0 8
Mohamed Sanu 1 13 0 13
Defense T-A Sck INTs FF
Josh Norman 7-3 0 0 2
Fred Warner 7-2 0 0 0
Jimmie Ward 5-2 0 0 0
Azeez Al-Shaair 4-5 0 0 0
Nick Bosa 3-1 0 0 0
Kentavius Street 3-1 1 0 1
K'Waun Williams 3-0 0 0 0
Arik Armstead 2-2 0 0 0
Jaquiski Tartt 2-1 0 0 0
Emmanuel Moseley 2-1 0 0 0
Arden Key 2-0 0 0 0
Jauan Jennings 1-0 0 0 0
JaMycal Hasty 1-0 0 0 0


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