PASSING OFFENSE: B
The Colts got the job done, but it certainly wasn't a work of art. QB Peyton Manning completed 31-of-48 passes for 347 yards. It was the sixth time this season that he threw for more than 300 yards. Manning did not, however, throw a touchdown pass. That was reserved for RB Joseph Addai. WR Reggie Wayne hauled in 12 passes (tying his single-game career high) for 147 yards and a touchdown. Five different Indianapolis receivers caught passes. The timing and rhythm of the passing game just wasn't there for portions of the game.
RUSHING OFFENSE: C-plus
Indianapolis ran for 61 yards on 21 carries with Addai picking up 62 yards in 20 carries. Rookie RB Donald Brown missed the game with a shoulder contusion. Backup RB Chad Simpson lost a yard in his only carry. The Colts running game remains very much a work in progress. And just when it appears as if the running game isn't working, Indianapolis manages to come up with some key gains on the ground.
PASS DEFENSE: B
The Colts limited San Francisco QB Alex Smith to 198 yards through the air as he completed 19 of 32 passes. He was sacked four times and intercepted once. Smith had a 74.7 quarterback passer rating. Indianapolis' pass coverage was pretty good for the most part. The Colts, however, did allow several first downs through the passing game, especially in the first half.
RUSH DEFENSE: B-plus
Yes, Indianapolis allowed 49ers RB Frank Gore to break loose for a 64-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. But after that, the Colts did a nice job of bottling up Gore and the rest of the San Francisco running game. Gore ended the game with 91 yards in 13 carries. As a team, the 49ers had 113 yards in 18 rushing attempts.
SPECIAL TEAMS: A-minus
Rookie P Pat McAfee might have had his best day in the NFL as he had a 46.3-yard overall average and a 41.0 net average on seven punts. He had two of his kicks downed inside the 49ers 20-yard line.
McAfee also continues to do a very good job of handling kickoffs. He was able to use both of those skills to keep San Francisco hemmed in deep in their own territory to begin offensive drives. PK Matt Stover was four-of-four on field goal attempts, his first field goal attempts since joining the Colts three weeks ago. The kickoff coverage and punt coverage units held their own, allowing the 49ers a 6.2-yard average on punt returns and a 17 yard average on kickoff returns. S Jamie Silva handled punt returns for the first time in his NFL career Sunday and had a 5.3 average on six punt return attempts.
The Colts keep finding ways to win games. Even when the offense is not running at its best and the defense gives up a couple early touchdowns, the Colts are able to keep their focus and make necessary adjustments as the game progresses. And they proved to have enough plays in the arsenal, such as RB Joseph Addai's 22-yard halfback pass, to pull games out. The Indianapolis coaching staff does a pretty good job of making on-field adjustments when necessary.
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