"These are the new Indianapolis Colts, dominating on defense and hoping Peyton Manning doesn't manage to screw things up." -- Jerry McDonald, Inside Bay Area columnist
"I don't think we came in here with any blatant arrogance. But we did play down to their level. Still, you look at the scoreboard, with all the mistakes we made, we still win by 25 points.'' -- Colts punter Hunter Smith
"(Defense) is the purpose of this team. It's not a one-sided thing. The defense is playing well and they are holding us down. That's what you want. When the defense is on (the field), you want them to have your back." -- Colts running back Edgerrin James
"We were able to confuse them with some moving around. Peyton (Manning) is a guy who likes to study a lot of film and see where the safeties are. Once he sees where the safeties are, then he pretty much knows what defense you're in. So we played some defense out there today where we had some people moving around, so it gets a little hard for him to get a bead on what we're doing defensively." -- 49ers linebacker Derrick Smith
"If we didn't get five (interceptions), then we didn't accomplish what we set out to do. We got four. We're going to count the fumble (Smith lost one of his two fumbles). We didn't have a great game. Even though we won, we felt like we didn't play well." -- Colts cornerback Nick Harper
"Everybody expects so much out of our side of the ball. We raised the bar; the expectations are so high right now. That's why 28-3 doesn't look like much.'' -- Colts running back Edgerrin James
"(Manning's) like having a coach on the field. Going in, we wanted him to make all his adjustments after the snap." -- 49ers cornerback Shawntae Spencer.
"I take my hat off to our D-line. They force a lot of quarterbacks to throw under pressure. They'll make any quarterback nervous." -- Colts linebacker Cato June sharing credit for his two interceptions.
"I thought the defense played well today. They got Indianapolis out of their game. They forced Indy into making a few mistakes. Certainly, Indy thought they'd be able to take better advantage of some things, but our defense did a good job and continued to play hard." -- 49ers head coach Mike Nolan
"Turnovers change everything, but one thing about us is we have a team where on both sides of the ball we can make it happen – defense or offense." -- Colts running back Edgerrin James
"It doesn't feel good to throw so many interceptions. No one said this was going to be easy. I have a long road to go down. I have to learn from this game and take away what I can." -- 49ers quarterback Alex Smith
"He was a tough guy. We hit him with a lot. And he always popped up." --
Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney on 49ers quarterback Alex Smith
"He [Alex Smith] definitely was looking at his targets. We knew if we could take away his first read, it was going to be impossible for him to go to his second reads, and that's exactly what happened. He'd stare down his first read and all we'd do is take it away." -- Colts cornerback Nick Harper
"He had a composure out there the whole time. He was cool as a fan. To be a rookie and be out there like that, I was impressed." -- 49ers running back Kevin Barlow on rookie quarterback Alex Smith
"This is the worst game we've played as far as tackling,.I know myself personally, I wasn't happy. We shouldn't accept that." -- Colts safety Bob Sanders
"Outside of the turnovers, I continue to see what I like in Alex, and that is, he is resilient. That's important to very good quarterbacks that play in this game. They don't let a bad play get them out of their game. They continue to complete. Alex continues to compete."-- 49ers head coach Mike Nolan
"We have a lot of work to do. We're 5-0, which is good, but to get where want to go, we've got to get a lot better than we did." -- Colts wide receiver Brandon Stokely
"Sports are so weird. It isn't often that the best day of your professional life is also expected to be your worst day. But that's the situation Smith was in Sunday...Wow, was he properly dreadful."-- Mark Purdy, The Mercury News columnist
"It will probably be real quiet in our meeting room and real noisy in the defensive meeting room. When we practice, it will be a real intense in practice this week as far as focus. That's the way we are. We're not going to say, ‘OK, we won.' We're not going to happy about this, because we want to improve." -- Colts running back Edgerrin James
"Perfection is in the eye of the beholder. Being unbeaten isn't." -- Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star columnist
XL Notes…Essential Information for Colts Fans!
The 49ers averaged just 1.6 yards per pass against the Colts defense. They had just 44 net yards passing on the day.
The Colts averaged 6.1 yards per offensive play.
The 29 points the Colts defense has allowed so far is tops in the league this season and the third-best start by a defense in that category since 1970. The 1971 Colts allowed 24 and the 1977 Falcons allowed just 22 over the same period.
The Colts defense held the 49ers to just 177 yards and managed to keep their streak of not allowing a 100-yard rusher this season. But it was close. Kevin Barlow finished with 99 yards after a strong second-half and the 49ers finished with a 4.8 yards-per-carry average for the day.
With two interception returns for a touchdown, linebacker Cato June joined six other players in franchise history to accomplish that feat in a single season. Only cornerback Ray Buchanan, the team record-holder, returned three for a touchdown (1994). Former Pro Bowl safety Jerry Logan is the only Colts player to return two interceptions for touchdowns in multiple seasons (1965, 1970). Logan was also a member of the stingy 1971 Colts defense that the current Colts defense has been compared to in the points allowed category.
Peyton Manning has half as many touchdown passes (7) as he did at the same point last season (14).
With five sacks yesterday, the Colts have 20 for the season and are on pace
to finish with 64. The all-time NFL record is 72 by the 1984 Bears.
Robert Mathis has the team lead with six sacks followed by Dwight Freeney with five. Mathis, who has had a sack in every game this season, is on a pace for 19 sacks, almost double his 2004 result of 10.5 sacks. The all-time league record is 22.5 by the Giants' Michael Strahan set back in 2001.
The Colts didn't struggle in the red zone on Sunday. They converted three out
of four trips (75%) into touchdowns.
The Colts have only started out 5-0 one other time since moving to Indianapolis -- 2003.
XL Picks of the Day….Read ‘em!
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This performance just ok by the bay
by Bob Kravitz, indystar.com
"After Sunday's uneven performance, though, it's fair to harbor some lingering, nagging concerns whether this group [the offense] will ever recapture the same magic they bottled all of last season."
Not embarrassed easily, Defense puts up a fight
By Kevin Lynch, sfgate.com
"Thornton did an eye-opening job on Harrison, who was kept out of the end zone (one more touchdown pass from Manning will push the duo past Steve Young and Jerry Rice's record of 85). He was able to stall Harrison at the line of scrimmage, while the safeties protected the deep zones."
Defense allows late TD to miss out on milestone
By Phillip B. Wilson, indystar.com
"They didn't want (Smith) to hold it very long because Mathis and Freeney and those guys, they're coming," June said.