The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Sports

September 22, 2013

Colts grind out upset victory

ANDERSON, Ind. — Sunday's game was long since determined by the time defensive end Cory Redding leapt and batted San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick's final pass attempt into the air late in the fourth quarter.

The ball seemed to hang in suspended animation for a few moments before it finally found its way into the arms of Indianapolis cornerback Cassius Vaughn.

It was a fitting ending to a 27-7 victory that was dominated by the Colts' often-maligned defense.

A week after being shredded for 319 passing yards by Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill — and two weeks after allowing a franchise-record 112 rushing yards to Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor — Indianapolis held one of the league's most explosive young signal callers in check.

Kaepernick completed just 13 of 27 passes for 150 yards and the late interception. He was limited to just 20 yards on seven rushes, and he was sacked three times.

Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis accounted for 1.5 of those sacks, making Kaepernick the 50th different quarterback he has sacked in his 11-year career.

"It was assignment football, point blank, period," Mathis said during the postgame radio broadcast of the defense's effort . "Coaches drew up the grand scheme, and we were able to do that. Our coaches put us in the right positions. We just pulled it off. It was an overall Colts organization win."

The game followed the formula head coach Chuck Pagano set forth when he was named the franchise's head coach in January 2012. Indianapolis used a power rushing attack to post 179 yards and control the ball for 36 minutes, 25 seconds.

The defense, missing starting safety LaRon Landry and inside linebacker Pat Angerer, got a tremendous effort from a secondary that kept the 49ers receivers blanketed all afternoon.

That created indecision in Kaepernick's mind and caused him to hold onto the football longer than usual.

Inside linebacker Jerrell Freeman was among the players to take advantage — leading the team with eight tackles and adding a sack and a forced fumble. Safety Antoine Bethea recorded five tackles, and inside linebacker Kavell Conner — making his first appearance of the season — finished with four.

The Colts also got four tackles from safety Delano Howell, a Stanford alumnus who got the start in place of Landry.

The defense was tasked with protecting a 13-7 lead for much of the second half but never gave the Niners an opportunity to make the big plays that might have gotten the Candlestick Park crowd involved in the game.

The game marked the first time Indianapolis has won by 20 points or more on the road since a 2009 victory in St. Louis. It was the first time Kaepernick ever had lost an NFL start at home, and it gave San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh his first back-to-back losses of his three-year career.

But it didn't come, easily.

By grinding out the win, the Colts came as close as they ever have to living up to their head coach's vision.

"That was a one-score game for a long, long time," Pagano said on the postgame radio show. "Our guys stuck to the process. We talk about it all the time, '60 minutes, one play at a time, all you got, don't judge.' What we added this week was, 'Consistency with your execution. Take care of the cents, and the dollars will come.'"

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SPT - HB0728 - Colts Camp - Allen 1 - 290 Colts' offense adapting to new arsenal

    Third-year tight end Dwayne Allen suffered a season-opening hip injury in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders, then watched as left guard Donald Thomas, running backs Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw and wide receiver Reggie Wayne also exited the lineup over the next six weeks. It left offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton scrambling to come up with new ways to attack defenses with an ever-changing cast of characters.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0728 - Gordon art Fifth Brickyard for Gordon Indiana racing fans roared their approval of the kid they watched growing up in open wheel cars as Jeff Gordon scored his record fifth Brickyard 400 victory Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Dorer scores JEGS win at Anderson Florida driver Steve Dorer has had career moments at Anderson Speedway, and at other times ones he would just like to forget. Dorer recorded the biggest win of his career when he passed Chase Elliott on the final lap in the 2011 Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300. The next year he flipped in Turn 1 during the CRA Super Series event. He scored another highlight Saturday night by winning for the first time with the CRA/JEGS All-Stars Tour event in the Edgewater Woods 100.|ANDERSON — Florida driver Steve Dorer has had career moments at Anderson Speedway, and at other times ones he would just like to forget. Dorer recorded the biggest win of his career when he passed Chase Elliott on the final lap in the 2011 Stoops Fre

    July 27, 2014

  • SPT-HB0727-Luckwatch-ColtsCamp-094.jpg Colts Quick Hits: Sunday, July 27

    Notes,news and fun facts from Colts Training Camp at Anderson University.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-HB0727-AndrewLuck3749.jpg Change the Play

    Andrew Luck had an active childhood filled with a myriad of sports and activities. Now, he wants Hoosier kids to have that opportunity, too.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0727 - RBs - Colts Camp - 141 Colts have options in Ballard's absence

    Chuck Pagano delivered the news Saturday afternoon in a solemn tone, confirming running back Vick Ballard will miss the 2014 season. "It's a part of the game. It's an ugly part of the game," the Indianapolis Colts head coach said shortly after revealing an MRI on Friday night found a torn Achilles tendon in Ballard's left foot. "It's a tough pill to swallow. You never want to lose anybody."

    July 26, 2014 4 Photos

  • Hoosier Park preparing for 2014 Dan Patch Invitational One of the most highly anticipated days on the harness racing card at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will take place Aug. 8 as the best in the sport of harness racing will descend upon the seven-eighths mile oval for the 21st edition of the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational. As part of a weekend long festival of entertainment and racing, 10 of the top-rated pacers in North America will take center stage as they go to post seeking glory in Hoosier Park’s signature harness racing event.

    July 26, 2014

  • Riverside falls at regional The Riverfield Little League Senior softball all-star team fell 9-3 to Ohio on Saturday morning and was eliminated from regional competition in the 15-16 year-old division.

    July 26, 2014

  • Super Bowl MVP Warner has high praise for Luck

    It's no secret the NFL's version of football has become a quarterback's game. Kurt Warner is one of the men who helped make it that way. And he had plenty of praise for the man many see as the future at the quarterback position, third-year rising star Andrew Luck.

    July 26, 2014

  • Jones perfect in ARCA competition Georgia driver Brandon Jones remained perfect in the ARCA Racing Series by winning for a second time Friday at Lucas Oil Raceway, but he needed some misfortune to strike another driver for the victory.

    July 26, 2014

Latest Sports Photos


Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin

Latest Racing News