This is the live blog for the 49ers Week 7 matchup with the Indianapolis Colts. I will provide updates and analysis throughout the game.
3:42 The rain isn’t that bad at the moment, however the wind is really whipping out of the South. Rain is expected to pick up right around game time.
3:46 Carson Wentz just wrapped up his pregame warmup. He was throwing for the last 20 minutes. No sign yet of Jimmy Garoppolo.
3:54 The last time San Francisco beat Indianapolis was 2001. Following the game Colts coach Jim Mora was asked about his teams’ playoff chances. The response still lives on.
3:58 49ers inactives: QB Trey Lance, WR Travis Benjamin, CB Ambry Thomas, CB Deommodore Lenoir, LT Trent Williams, DT Maurice Hurst, DT Javon Kinlaw
4:01 Colts inactives: QB Sam Ehlinger, G/T Will Fries, WR T.Y. Hilton, T Braden Smith, DE Kemoko Turay, RB Jordan Wilkins, CB Rock Ya-Sin
4:07 Jaylon Moore will start at left tackle in place of Trent Williams, and Aaron Banks is active for the first time this season.
5:06 While the flags at the top of the stadium are really blowing, the wind is not bad down on the field. Rain has begun to pick up in the last 10 minutes.
5:20 Colts win the toss and defer. 49ers will have the ball to open the game.
5:28 Talk about explosive plays. Elijah Mitchell with three in a row, 20 yards, 14 yards and then another from 14 yards out a touchdown. Joey Slye misses the extra point though. 49ers 6 Colts 0
5:31 The two 14 yard rushes for Mitchell came with Indianapolis putting eight men in the box.
5:33 On the Colts first play, Josh Norman knocks the ball out of his hands and Fred Warner recovers the fumble.
5:38 Mitchell opens up the 49ers possession with a 12 yard run, but it stalls with back to back incompletions from Garoppolo. Joey Slye comes on to kick the field goal to put the 49ers up 9-0. The most first quarter points for the 49ers since week one in Detroit.
5:47 Why is Josh Norman playing and both rookie draft picks inactive tonight? The veteran gives up a 57 yard completion and then chases play action, vacating his zone, and Carson Wentz hits tight end Mo Alie-Cox who was wide open for an easy touchdown.
5:53 49ers get another FG from Slye, this one from 56 yards out. The wind was at his back. 49ers ran the ball three times, all to the left side. The rookie left tackle Jaylon Moore looks pretty good so far.
6:01 Jonathan Taylor came into the game averaging a run of 10 or more yards once in every five attempts, hits a 33 yard run down to the 49ers 2 yard line on his fourth attempt of the game. First quarter comes to a close with the Colts on the 49ers four yard line. 49ers 12 Colts 7
6:04 Carson Wentz gets pressured by Nick Bosa and tosses the ball directly to 49ers lineback Azeez Al-Shaair.
6:07 On third and four, center Alex Mack gets beat and Jimmy Garoppolo throws incomplete to JaMycal Hasty. Mack has been mediocre in pass protection this year.
6:13 Carson Wentz has thrown four passes to 49ers defenders so far tonight. Tried to throw two to Emmanuel Moseley on the last Colts possession but the cornerback dropped them both. Dee Ford put good pressure on Wentz on third down to force the last throw to Moseley.
6:19 After a strong opening drive, the 49ers offense has stalled out with back-to-back three and outs. Didn’t even attempt a pass on that last possession.
6:28 Deebo Samuel drops his seventh pass of the season, and the 49ers offense goes three and out for the third time in a row.
6:38 Next possession, Jimmy Garoppolo completes the third down pass to Deebo Samuel who then fumbles. Indianapolis recovers the ball deep in San Francisco territory.
6:41 The achilles heel of the 49ers defense this season has been the pass interference penalty. Emmanuel Moseley commits one in the end zone to set the Colts up with first and goal at the one. Carson Wentz makes them pay with a touchdown run two plays later. Wentz ran a touchdown in against the 49ers last year as well.
49ers have given up 59 yards on pass interference penalties in the first half. Colts 13 49ers 12
6:49 49ers run out the clock to end the half.
7:16 Third and four, San Francisco 40. 49ers defense stops Marlon Mack for no gain. Long drive for Indianapolis to open the second half results in no points, but the San Francisco offense will be backed up for their first possession of the half.
7:23 49ers get a first down for the first time since the opening quarter, but Garoppolo gets hit and fumbles the ball. The San Francisco offense looks like it’s running in quicksand.
7:28 49ers defense commits yet another pass interference penalty, this one on Jaquiski Tartt, and Jonathan Taylor makes them pay with a five yard touchdown run. Colts 20 49ers 12
That’s now 97 yards in pass interference penalties tonight. No wonder this defense is ranked so high in yards allowed.
7:38 The 49ers are such a sloppy football team. Get a completion for a first down, but it’s called back due to an illegal man downfield. Next play is a hold. That’s followed by a drop from Jauan Jennings. Then they finally throw a pass to Brandon Aiyuk for six yards before Kyle Shanahan gives up by calling a screen pass on third and nineteen.
7:47 After the 49ers defense holds, Kyle Shanahan calls three straight play action passes and Jimmy Garoppolo hits on all of them for a 3 play, 70 yard touchdown drive. Garoppolo finished it off by finding Deebo Samuel over the middle. The two-point conversion fails. Colts 20 49ers 18
7:59 Colts offense responds by driving down to the 49ers 24 yard line before settling for a field goal. Carson Wentz picked up 17 yards on a scramble. Colts 23 49ers 18
8:05 Garoppolo’s pass bounces off Deebo Samuel’s chest and is intercepted by Xavier Rhodes.
8:14 The 49ers drafted two cornerbacks this season. Neither are active tonight. Instead the journeyman replacements get beat for touchdowns. Dre Kirkpatrick allowing the 28 yard touchdown pass from Wentz to Pittman. Colts 30 49ers 18
8:18 Garoppolo throws another interception. Ballgame. 49ers will fall to 2-4 on the season. Colts 30 49ers 18