49ers 14

(3-4, 1-3 away)

Colts 18

(7-0, 3-0 home)

Coverage: FOX

1:00 PM ET, November 1, 2009

Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN 

1 2 3 4 T
SF 7 7 0 014
IND 3 6 3 618

Top Performers

Passing: P. Manning (IND) - 347 YDS

Rushing: F. Gore (SF) - 13 CAR, 91 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Wayne (IND) - 12 REC, 147 YDS, 1 TD

Wayne has career-high 12 catches as Colts remain perfect

Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indianapolis' 16th straight regular-season victory will fit neatly into the Colts' record book.

This week's game tapes will show the Colts how imperfect they really are.

Pasquarelli: Surprising Colts

With a little bit of trickery and Joseph Addai's left arm, the Indianapolis Colts pulled out a victory against the physical 49ers, writes Len Pasquarelli. Story

With Peyton Manning out of sync and the offense struggling to score touchdowns Sunday, the Colts turned to a former quarterback -- Joseph Addai -- for a 22-yard TD pass that gave Indy an 18-14 victory and its own version of a perfect regular season.

"We need these games if we're going to push toward our goal, which is the Super Bowl," receiver Reggie Wayne said. "We're going to need these close games, we're going to need to fight through a little adversity and push forward. We were able to do that today. It was a grinder. We figured out a way to win."

Colts 16-0

The Colts beat the 49ers on Sunday to win their 16th regular-season game in a row -- tied for the fourth-longest streak in NFL history. In those games, the Colts are beating opponents by more than 12 points per game. Peyton Manning has thrown 32 touchdowns and been intercepted seven times -- while being sacked just 10 times.

Colts Last 16
Regular-Season Games
W-L 16-0
Pts. differential/gm 12.4
Pts. per game 26.6
Manning sacked 10
Manning pass rating 109.5

-- ESPN Stats and Information

Clearly, there's plenty of work to do after Sunday's sluggish offensive performance -- despite all the accolades.

Jim Caldwell became the first rookie coach since the 1970 merger to win his first seven NFL games. Indy extended its franchise record and became the eighth team in league history with 16 straight wins. The Colts are now the last undefeated team in the AFC again, the fourth time in five years.

But this was not typical Indy.

While Manning finished 31 of 48 for 347 yards, he missed high, wide and even short, failing to match the incredible efficiency he had in Indy's first six games. The three-time MVP also failed to throw a TD pass for the first time since Nov. 30, 2008, leaving that job to Addai, the high school All-American quarterback.

It was Addai's first TD pass as a pro and the first by a Colts non-quarterback since Ken Dilger threw one in 2001. The result was perfect: Wayne lunging toward the end line, getting both feet on the ground to give Indy its first lead 7 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Fast Facts

• Indianapolis won its 16th straight game and ninth straight at home despite Peyton Manning failing to throw a TD pass. The only pass TD for the Colts came from running back Joseph Addai, and it ended up being the game-winner.

• Reggie Wayne tied a career-high with 12 receptions, and his 147 yards were his fifth highest in a single game in his regular-season career.

• Alex Smith threw for 198 yards with a TD and interception in his first start since Week 10 of the 2007 season.

• Peyton Manning's 48 pass attempts are his second most in a game in which he did not throw a passing touchdown (50 at Jacksonville in 2006).

• Rapid Reaction

-- ESPN Stats & Information

Wayne had a career-high 12 catches for 147 yards.

"I was just trying to get the ball out there," Addai said. "In practice, I'm just kind of spotting up there, kind of looking, reading my keys. I don't really have a key to read, but I kind of sit back there like a real quarterback."

For San Francisco (3-4), it was another frustrating day.

The 49ers have now lost three straight despite getting a solid performance from Alex Smith in his first start in nearly two years. Smith was 19 of 32 for 198 yards with one TD and one interception. He was sacked four times behind a makeshift offensive line that may have sustained another devastating blow when left tackle Joe Staley went down on the first play of the game. The 49ers are already without right tackle Tony Pashos for the rest of the season.

Yet thanks to Smith's steadiness, Frank Gore's long run and the continual contributions of Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree, the 49ers controlled the game for most of three quarters.

It was good enough -- almost.

"A couple dropped balls make the difference in a game like this," 49ers coach Mike Singletary said. "Any missed opportunities in a game like this are going to bite you in the end. The only thing I can say is we came here to win the football game."

The Colts' defense had to keep Indy in the game after allowing Gore to slip through the middle, break two tackles and sprint 64 yards for a score on San Francisco's second series. It was the first TD Indy allowed since Week 4. Gore finished with 13 carries for 91 yards and five receptions for 43 yards.

Manning, meanwhile, settled for field goals.

After the Colts closed to 7-6 early in the second quarter, the 49ers answered with Smith's 8-yard TD pass to Davis with 33 seconds left in the half.

Two problems: They left Manning enough time to move back down the field and Davis' celebration led to a 15-yard penalty that gave the Colts even better field position.

The Colts took advantage. Manning needed three plays to set up Stover for a 31-yard field goal to make it 14-9 at the half, and then Manning opened the second half by taking the Colts 52 yards for Stover's fourth field goal of the day.

That's how it stayed until the Colts pulled out the halfback option.

"I thought we weren't quite as sharp as we have been at times," Manning said. "There's definitely some areas we can improve on."

Even with 16 straight wins.

Game notes

Singletary said Staley sprained his right knee and cornerback Nate Clements had a bruised right shoulder. ... Manning had been sacked twice all season coming into Sunday. The 49ers got him three times. ... Colts cornerback Kelvin Hayden left in the third quarter with a knee injury and linebacker Tyjuan Hagler hurt his elbow in the fourth quarter.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1620
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5473
Total Yards295410
Yards per play5.55.6
Total Drives1214
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-11-5
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

sfTD11:28Frank Gore 64 Yard Run (Joe Nedney Kick is Good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 70 yds, 0:46
indFG3:21Matt Stover 38 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 10 plays, 57 yds, 4:40
indFG14:55Matt Stover 33 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 5 plays, 19 yds, 1:17
sfTD0:38Vernon Davis 8 Yard Pass From Alex Smith (Joe Nedney Kick is Good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 89 yds, 1:11
indFG0:06Matt Stover 31 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 48 yds, 0:32
indFG9:40Matt Stover 40 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 11 plays, 52 yds, 5:26
indTD15:00Reggie Wayne 22 Yard Pass From Joseph Addai (Peyton Manning Pass to Pierre Garcon For Two-Point Conversion is No Good)
Drive info: 9 plays, 70 yds, 3:10