"We have the 24-hour rule in effect," Pagano said Sunday after the most impressive victory in his eight games on the sideline. "We will savor this one. The plane ride home will be fabulous, and then we'll go back to work on Wednesday and get ready for Jacksonville."
For everyone else, it will be difficult not to look forward to the next home game — Oct. 6 against the unbeaten Seahawks and second-year quarterback Russell Wilson.
The Colts' win in San Francisco sent a message that this team can be physical and impose its will even against the best opponents. Pagano called it a "signature win," and it's a sign of what this team is capable of each week.
"This feels real good," running back Trent Richardson said after making his Indianapolis debut. "It has been a long time since I have really felt like this. So it feels real good."
His new fans know exactly what he means.