Adam Vinatieri's walk-off, 51-yard field goal gave the Indianapolis Colts a 26-23 win in Week 5. Needless to say, that's not the kind of company you want to be keeping if you're looking for success in the NFL. It gets easier for Hilton again against the Niners, and the Colts will look to run their passing game through him. The thing is they all are different. "It's tough as a coach to ever turn it on and feel like you're not doing anything good, but I haven't felt that way really once after any of the four games". There has to be some form of motivation to get them going and this just might do the trick. The 49ers have been competitive in each of their four games, losing their last three games by a combined margin of eight points.
Gore asked media members how the Niners were doing, praised the direction the team was headed in under the new regime led by coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch and had good things to say about numerous players, including the defensive line, safeties Jaquiski Tartt and Eric Reid and Hyde.
Quarterback Jacoby Brissett went 11/19 for 115 yards.
Not satisfied with being mocked by fans for the wacky fake punt against the New England Patriots, when Griff Whalen and Clayton Geathers lined up on the ball and the other nine Colts stood near the sideline, Pagano had punt returner Quan Bray throw a 25-yard lateral to Krishawn Hogan on a high risk, low reward gambit that yielded nothing positive nor negative.
Frank Gore: A 23-yard catch-and-run set up a Colts scoring drive late in the third quarter. Gore's total is 13,304. No one's going to care that we nearly won that game, or nearly won this game. At the end, Vinatieri showed why he is a sure first (ballot Hall of Famer). We had a bunch of guys who could make plays. We all know the 49ers brought him in as a bridge until the team can find its future superstar quarterback. We had chances to close it out.
Ray-Ray Armstrong's interception at the 49ers goal line midway through overtime delayed their defeat, and that came after a fourth-quarter comeback produced two touchdown passes from Brian Hoyer in the final eight minutes.
- San Francisco is allowing teams to start on their own 31.4 yard line on average this season, the second worst in the league. Pierre Garcon has broken 1,000 yards twice in his career, and is always a threat.
"Breida got more work today because he was hot", Shanahan said. It was a 12-play, 65-yard opening drive for the 49ers. Asa Jackson (hamstring) and Ahkello Witherspoon (concussion) did not return from their injuries.
So the pick for Sunday is San Francisco to get its first win of the Kyle Shanahan era despite coming up short the last four weeks.
On top of that, it will be a reunion for Peyton Manning as his newly erect statue out front of Lucas Oil Stadium will be unveiled along with his number going up into the rafters.