What caught our eye in the Colts’ 27-7 upset of the San Francisco 49ers Sunday at Candlestick Park:
The 49ers are considered one of the NFL’s upper-crust teams. That includes a no-nonsense offense. On this particular afternoon the Colts defense owned ‘em. The 49ers had one great drive in the first quarter — 9 plays 91 yards — then nothing to speak of.
Coverage seldom gave Kaepernick options down field. The pass rush either kept him in the pocket of sacked him. LB Robert Mathis got to Kaepernick twice.
At game’s end the 49ers offense had 254 yards on 53 plays.
The Candlestick Park crowd was stunned. And silent.
In a word enormous. Traded for mid-week coordinator Pep Hamilton inserted RB Trent Richardson into the mix immediately. And heavily. Richardson seemed to be on the field more than starter Ahmad Bradshaw. Richardson’s first carry as a Colt was a 1-yard touchdown. By game’s end he had 35 yards on 13 attempts.
Hamilton promised to utilize all ...