1:00 PM ET, November 25, 2001
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The 49ers are back to playing with the kind of efficiency they had in their Super Bowl seasons. The Colts are just back in the pack.San Francisco turned five turnovers into 23 points, and Garrison Hearst ran for two touchdowns as the 49ers beat Indianapolis 40-21 on Sunday for their fourth straight victory.
Until the 49ers beat the Rams, they won't be a real threat to the Rams. The 49ers lost in San Francisco and must play in St. Louis on Dec. 9, which will be difficult.
But the Niners are coming on fast. They have lots of young guys who are playing with lots of confidence. Quarterback Jeff Garcia, wide receiver J.J. Stokes, running back Garrison Hearst -- all are playing well. And the young defense is gaining confidence (four picks today). The D will continue to improve.
With two big road wins in the past two weeks, the 49ers are gaining momentum.
ESPN.com's Vinny Cerrato was director of player personnel for the Redskins and 49ers.
Harrison had eight receptions for 128 yards, his 25th 100-yard game. That breaks Raymond Berry's franchise record of 24. ... Mora's third-quarter challenge of a pass originally ruled incomplete marked only the second time he's won a challenge in 17 tries. His .063 percentage was the worst in the NFL entering the game. Indianapolis took the lead by scoring a touchdown on the drive. ... San Francisco RB Kevan Barlow dislocated his left shoulder. His status for next week wasn't immediately known. ... Garcia has at least one TD pass in 14 straight games.