Ew. Another bad game after last week’s and the Niners fall to 1-2. Interesting fact, this is the first time in Jim Harbaugh’s NFL coaching career that he has been under .500. The Colts scored on their first drive, then the 49ers responded with a score of their own, but afterwards the Niners were shutout for the rest of the game, until the 27-7 finish. The defense was sloppy, special teams was weak, and the offense couldn’t throw the ball.
Starting with the defense, the 49ers came out sloppy and ended slow. The first two plays of the game both resulted in 15 yard penalties, and through the game the Niners D gave up six penalties that resulted in first downs. The defense only sacked Andrew Luck once, and they allowed 179 rushing yards including three rushing TDs. Their pass defense was alright as they only allowed 164 yards, but they allowed a 42% 3rd down completion rate.
On the other side of the ball, the 49ers had two good drives, their opening one and their last one in garbage time. Frank Gore had 82 rushing yards, though 67 of them came in the first quarter. Kendall Hunter had the only touchdown, on the 49ers first drive, and finished with 14 yards rushing and the score. Fortunately, the rushing attack showed some signs of light and could have been better if the 49ers were not playing from behind the whole time.
Colin Kaepernick had another terrible game, but it was not all his fault. The main offensive problem for the 49ers this season is their wide receivers’ inability to get open, causing Kaepernick to have nowhere to throw. Colin Kaepernick finished the day 13-27 for 150 yards and an interception, but he also had 20 yards rushing on seven carries. The interception was slightly unfair as it came late in the fourth quarter off of a pass tipped high into the air, and he also lost a fumble late in the fourth. Fortunately Anquan Boldin was better than last week, though he was nowhere near his Week 1 form as he had a team high 67 yards on a team high five receptions. After Boldin, tight end, Garret Celek had the next best receiving day with one catch for 30 yards, though this play came in fourth quarter garbage time.
Special teams, which has been a strong suit for the Niners was not very good either, as Quinton Patton and Kendall Hunter each dropped the ball coming out of the end zone, though they recovered it. They also made some awful reads, making the 49ers start inside their 15 yard line six times. Andy Lee punted okay, and Phil Dawson did not have any chances for field goals.
On personnel notes, this week Aldon Smith was arrested for a DUI, and the 49ers have announce that he will not play this Thursday against the Rams, most likely related to this incident. After being injured last week, Vernon Davis attempted to loosen up his hamstring but could not, so he did not play today, however Eric Reid did play after a concussion last week. Finally, Patrick Willis left the game in the fourth quarter with a groin injury and did not return. Hopefully all these players can sort out their injuries and other problems, and the Niners squad can come back strong next week.
MVP of the game goes to Frank Gore for his renewed rushing effort, and LVP goes to Colin Kaepernick for his rather atrocious passing game, but it should also be shared with the wide receivers, because Kaepernick’s bad day was caused by their inability to get open.
With this loss the 49ers fall to 1-2 and are tied with the Rams and Cardinals at the bottom of the division. They have a short break before they play the weak St. Louis Rams on Thursday, where they can hopefuly return to form with a strong defense, explosive passing, and strong a solid running game.