Are you ready for some football? Football season is finally here as the 49ers will kick off their preseason against the Indianapolis Colts at 10:00 a.m. PST. You can watch the game on CW 44, Cable 12 or live on NFL Network.
I just set everything up in the press box and just like last year, I’ll try to include a photo from my seat where I’ll bring you live updates from the game. Stay tuned to the blog all throughout the game! You can also get all the stats in our game center or follow us on Twitter.
Some of the notable players who will not play in today’s game are Michael Crabtree, Patrick Willis, Brandon Jones, Travis LaBoy, Ahmad Brooks, Phillip Adams and Joe Nedney.
Ted Ginn took the opening kickoff up the middle, but the Colts had excellent coverage and stopped him at the 16. 1st and 10 from 16, Michael Robinson took the handoff and cut back to the right, fumbling the ball as Antoine Bethea hit it with his helmet. The Colts recovered.
1st and 10 for the Colts from the SF 18, Joseph Addai ran right and was stopped by Justin Smith after a gain of 1. 2nd and 9, Manning hit Brody Eldridge in the left flat, Goldson closed to make the stop. 3rd and 7, Manning hit Addai who got around the tackler to pick of the 1st down. 1st and goal from the 4, McDonald was called offside. 1st and goal from the 2, Addai got the carry and was strung out wide, stopped by Goldson for a loss of 1. 2nd and goal, Manning throws incomplete intended for Wayne. 3rd and goal, Manning looked for Anthony Golnzalez, but Reggie Smith was in perfect coverage. Vinatieri came in a was good on his 21-yard field goal to give the Colts the early lead. Great job by the 49ers defense after being put in a very difficult situation after the fumble.
Colts 3 – 49ers 0
This time it’s rookie Kyle Williams on the kickoff return and the former Sun Devil nearly broke it as he was tripped up trying to bounce it outside. 1st and 10 from the 29, Michael Robinson got the carry once again and mad sure to hang onto it for a 6-yard gain straight up the middle. 2nd and 4, false start by Mike Iupati backs the 49ers up 5 yards. 2nd and 9, Alex smith hit Robinson in the right flat for a nice gain of 8. 3rd and 1, Smith dropped back to throw and barely got the ball away under pressure as he tried to hit Robinson. Brandon James signaled for the fair catch on the 11-yard line after a 51-yard punt.
1st and 10 from the 11, Manning hit Austin Collie on a deep postdown to the 31. 1st and 10, Manny found Wayne for a gain of 9. 2nd and 1, the Colts set up a nice bubble screen to Gonzalez for a big gain. Clements forced a fumble but it went out of bounds at the SF 42. 1st and 10, Addai took the handoff for a gain of 2. 2nd and 8, Manning got the pass away despite pressure to Tamme for a gain of 16. 1st and 10, Kristick stopped Addai after a gain of 2 up the middle. 2nd and 8, Manning hit Collie, just beyond the reach of Wilhem who nearly tipped it. 1st and 10 from the 14, Manning hit Wayne on a quick slant for a gain of 7. 2nd and 3, Addai nearly got in for the TD, bouncing the run out to the left. The referees changed the initial call to a touchdown.
Colts 10 – 49ers 0
Williams took the kick once again, but was stopped at the 21. 1st and 10 for the 49ers, Smith got good protection and hit a crossing Delanie Walker for a gain of 11. 1st and 10 from the 32, Baas had a really nice block to give Robinson some room to run up the middle for a gain of 3. 2nd and 7, Smith hit Walker on a slant for a nice gain down the middle of the field. The 49ers picked up 18 yards on the play. 1st and 10 from the IND 47, Smith threw dep for davis, but the pass was behind him. 2nd and 10, Smith gave the ball to Robinson from the shotgun. The Colts got good penetration as Robinson lost a yard on the play. 3rd and 11, Smith threw for Ginn as the 49ers tried to set up the screen. Ginn was leveled as the pass was incomplete. James fielded the punt at the 10 and Briggs wrapped him up at the 15.
Curtis Painter came in at QB. 1st and 10, Bruce Davis was called for illegal hands to the face before Painter’s pass. 1st and 10 from the 20, McDonald wrapped up Brown as he tried to bounce the run wide left. It was a loss of 2. 2nd and 12, the Colts go backwards again as Jean Francois got into the backfield to stop Brown for a loss. 3rd and 13, Taylor Mays made a nice open field tackle as Painter hit Brown on the screen. It was a loss of 3 and the Colts will be forced to punt. Ginn fielded the punt and picked up a couple yards back into Indianapolis territory.
1st and 10 from the 44, Smith remains in at QB. He scrambled and threw just high of Davis. 2nd and 10, Smith looked to Robinson in the left flat and the ball went off his hands. 3rd and 10, Smith threw for walker down the middle of the field. The ball went off Walker’s hands and was picked off by Jerraud Powers and returned all the way back to the SF 32.
1st and 10, Brown got the carry but lost 1 yard on the play and time will run down on the first quarter.
2nd and 11 for the Colts, Painter hit White who found a hole in the middle of the field for a gain of 20. 1st and 10 from the 13, Brown was stopped for a loss of 1. 2nd and 11, Painter looked for his receiver, but the ball was tipped in the air and picked off by Reggie Smith. The former Sooner outran everyone down the right side of the field for the TD.
Colts 10 – 49ers 7
Giguere had a nice return for the Colts, taking it 28 yards up the middle before being hauled down. 1st and 10 from the 30, Brown was stopped for no gain by Paymah. 2nd and 10, Brown bounced left and cut up the field but only picked up 1. 3rd and 9, Painter hit White but Smith was right there to haul him down as he raced for the first down marker. Williams had another nice return to give the 49ers good field position. They’ll begin their next drive from the Indy 43.
David Carr come into the game, replacing Smith. 1st and 10, Carr hit Dixon on a screen to the left. the rookie allowed his blocks to set up and picked up 8. 2nd and 2, Dixon bullied his way up the middle for a gain of 3. 1st and 10, Carr couldn’d find anyone open and scrambled up the right sideline. Zeigler absolutely leveled his man to spring the QB for a gain of 16. 1st and 10, Dixon showed good vision up the right side and picked up 7. 2nd and 3, the Colts plugged up the running lanes well but Dixon was able to cut back and pick up a yard. 3rd and 2, Dixon slipped through a small hole up the middle to pick up the first down. 1st and goal from the 3, Robinson got the carry and dove up the middle for the score to give the 49ers the lead.
49ers 14 – Colts 10
Chris Maragos tripped up Giguere on the return and the Colts will start their drive at the 20. 1st and 10, former Michigan star Mike Hart got the start, but was wrapped up by Brown and Wilhelm after a gain of 1. 2nd and 9, Painter hit White crossing over the middle. Wilhelm stopped him after a gain of 6. 3rd and 3, Painter hit Taj Smith just beyond the first down line. 1st and 10, Hart hit the hole up the middle for a gain of 11. 1st and 10, Briggs came off the edge to stop Hart for no gain. 2nd and 10, Painter nearly hit Smith, but the pass was just beyond Smith’s reach as he flew down the right sideline. 3rd and 10, Painter threw the ball right to Briggs, who fumbled it on the return. When it’s all said and done, that play works to the Colts’ benefit as they get a first down. 1st and 10 from the 32, Hart plowed ahead for a gain of 1. 2nd and 9, Painter threw incomplete for Taj Smith. 3rd and 9, Painter hit Hart over the middle and they’ll have to measure. Hart will be a couple inches from the first down, but Caldwell threw his challenge flag. The ruling on the field stands and the Colts are charged a timeout. Painter dropped the ball on 4th down as the Colts went for it. The 49ers covered Painter up as he dove for the ball.
1st and 10 for the 49ers from the 35, Carr spun and threw a screen pass for Dixon. Rachal got down field and made a nice block to speak the rookie running back for a gain of 12. Two minute warning. 1st and 10, Carr was sacked by Angerer for a loss of 6. 2nd and 16, Dixon ran off the left tackle for a gain of 17. 1st and 10, Carr was sacked again by Angerer. Carr couldn’t avoid the rush again on the very next play and was brought down by Fili Maola. 3rd and 17, Carr’s pass to Hill on the comeback should have been caught, but bounced off the receiver’s hands and was nearly picked off. Shane Andrus came on and connected on the 37-yard field goal.
49ers 17 – Colts 10
1st and 10, Painter’s pass was incomplete for hart. 2nd and 10, Painter hit Smith on the comeback for a first down. The Colts took a timeout to stop the clock. 1st and 10, Painter was dropped by Bruce Davis for a loss of 7 and the Colts take a timeout. 2nd and 17 from the 25, Painter’s pass was picked off by Will James and returned to the 32.
1st and 10 from the IND 31, Carr hit Williams on the right sideline as he got out of bounds after a gain of 8. Carr hit Tony Curtis over the middle and the 49ers will call timeout with just 3 seconds left in the half. Shane Andrus connected on the 35-yard field goal, giving the 49ers a 10-point lead at the half.
49ers 20 – Colts 10
James took the return for the Colts and was shoved out of bounds by Maragos at the 25. 1st and 10 for the Colts, Briggs pursued Hart’s run from behind and brought him down as he tried to cut back. It was a gain of just 1. 2nd and 9, Painter’s pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage by Jean Francois. 3rd and 9, Bruce Davis came with good pressure as the pass was incomplete, but the 49ers were flagged offside. 3rd and 4, Painter’s pass was incomplete and the 49ers defense forces the punt. Zeigler signaled for the fair catch at the 25.
1st and 10, Dixon ran around the right tackle for a gain of 4. 2nd and 6, Dixon got the carry up the middle and was stopped for no gain. 3rd and 6, Carr barely got the ball away as Eric Foster threw him down. Lee’s punt was downed at the 23.
1st and 10, Painter’s pass was behind Smith on the slant. It was a pass Smith probably should have caught. 2nd and 10, Moore got the carry and picked up 7 yards up the middle. 3rd and 3, Painter hit Eldridge for the first down. 1st and 10 from the 41, James ran to the right side and had a big hole to pick up 4. 2nd and 6, false start. 2nd and 11, James get the carry up the middle and picks up 6. 3rd and 5, Painter tried to hit Smith on the slant, but Stoudamire had perfect coverage. Zeigler fielded the punt inside the 10 and he made some nice moves to get out to the 18.
1st and 10, best run of the day so far by Dixon and he’s had several good carries. He bounced out left for a gain of 23. 1st and 10, Carr hit Hill for a gain of 27 on a deep cross. 1st and 10 at the 35, the 49ers were called for holding. Looked to me like there could have been a facemask on Dixon as well. 1st and 18, Carr hit Dixon on the swing pass for a gain of 2. 2nd and 16, Carr hit Zeigler who found a hole in the zone on a post route for a gain of 18. 1st and 10 from the 23, Caulcrick got the carry and picked up 4 behind the right guard. 2nd and 6, Carr hit Nate Byham and the rookie tight end picked up the first down with a gain of 12. 1st and goal from the 7, Dixon ran right and spun back up the middle for a gain of 1. 2nd and goal from the 6, the Colts had several men in the backfield and Dixon couldn’t avoid everyone, going down for a loss of 2. 3rd and goal from the 8, great play call by Jimmy Ray as Tony Curtis was wide open on the right side of the field and raced in untouched for the score.
49ers 27 – Colts 10
James returned the kick to the 27. It’s now a battle of former Fresno State QBs as Tom Brandstater replaces Painter. 1st and 10, James picks up 3 yards on the carry. 2nd and 7, Brandstater hit White for a gain of 5. 3rd and 2, Brandtstaer hit Giguere for the first. 1st and 10, Moore raced up the middle for a big gain on the play. 1st and 10 from their own 48, Brandstater hit Tamme for a gain of 7. 3rd and 3, Moore got around the right edge and picked up just enough for the first down. 1st and 10 from the 41, Moore found another hole and picked up 4 out to the left side.
2nd and 6, Brandstater couldn’t connect with Giguere. 3rd and 6, Brandstater’s pass found Mike Balogun. To the credit of the Colts QB, he made a nice tackle on Balogun to prevent the linebacker from going all the way for the score.
1st and 10 for the 49ers from the IND 49, Nate Davis comes in at QB, bootlegs and hits Byham for a gain of 16. 1st and 10, Davis buys time and eventually finds Byham once again for a gain of 24. 1st and goal from the 9, Dixon cuts the run back left and is brought down at the 5. 2nd and goal, Dixon continues his impressive play, stiff arming the defender as he bounced out to the left side and got the score.
49ers 34 – Colts 10
A big return by James was called back for holding and the Colts will start the drive from the 16. 1st and 10, Brandstater was sack by Tukuafu for a loss of 5. 2nd and 15, Moore got the carry and picked up 3. 3rd and 12, Brandstater tried to hit James on the quick WR screen, but the pass was incomplete. Guillory definitely should have called for the fair catch. He ended up muffing the punt and it was recovered by the Colts at the 39. 1st ad 10, Brandstater went for the home run to White. PI on Stoudamire will place the ball at the 3. 1st and goal, Brandstater play faked and found Tamme wide open for the touchdown.
49ers 34 – Colts 17
Guillory returned the kick to the 22. 1st and 10, Davis hits Caulcrick out wide for a gain of 11. 1st and 10, Dixon plunged forward for a gain of 2. 2nd and 8, Davis gives to Dixon on the draw. Dixon allowed his blocks to set up nicely and picked up 10 straight down the middle. 1st and 10, Davis bought time and hit Kevin Jurovich along the left sideline. The ruling on the field was a catch as he dragged his toes. 1st and 10, Davis rolled out and hit Bakari Grant for a pickup of 13. 1st and 10, Davis lost the ball as he moved in the pocket but recovered his own fumble. 2nd and 13, Byham was called for a false start. 2nd and 18, Dixon picked up 3 on the carry to the left side. 3rd and 15, Davis tried to get the ball to Grant in the middle of the field, but he was unable to haul it in. Andrus connects on his third field goal, this one from 44 yards.
49ers 37 – Colts 17
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