Sport Sunday Night Football: Colts defeat 49ers 30-18 on a rainy night in the Bay Area
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Some teams handle the elements better than others.
On Sunday, a weather event called a Bomb Cyclone brought significant rain to the Bay Area, and wet conditions affected the matchup between the Colts and 49ers. But the team that plays in a stadium with a retractable roof forced four takeaways, and Indianapolis defeated San Francisco 30-18.
It was an ugly game for both sides, with both quarterbacks losing a fumble. But things were worse for 49ers’, who threw two picks.
The Colts were largely able to control the game after the first quarter. Though the 49ers had an early 12-7 lead, Indianapolis scored a pair of touchdowns (one with a failed two-point play) to go up 20-12 toward the end of the third quarter.
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Carson Wentz seems to have found his stride in his last few games with the Colts, and Patrick Mahomes is seeking to get back in sync with the Chiefs.With performances that have helped Indianapolis win two of its last three games, Wentz more closely resembles the player that the coach Frank Reich recalled from their days together in Philadelphia when the quarterback ranked among the most promising young players in the NFL.
San Francisco made things interesting by getting a quick touchdown on a three-play drive at the beginning of the fourth quarter. But Indianapolis’ defense tightened up and intercepted Garoppolo on each of the next two possessions. The Colts got a 42-yard field goal off one of them and then receiverscored a 28-yard touchdown to put the game on ice.
Wentz finished 17-of-26 passing for 150 yards with two touchdowns. He also had four carries for 23 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown last in the second quarter.
Lead backcontinued to pace the offense, netting 107 yards on 18 carries with a touchdown.
After missing a Week Five start due to a calf injury, Garoppolo finished 16-of-27 passing for 181 yards with one touchdown. Garoppolo was sacked on his last dropback, which was the fifth time he’d been hit all night.
Colts vs. 49ers odds, spread, line: Sunday Night Football picks, predictions from NFL model on 125-85 roll
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Garoppolo’s performance could merit some discussion about a quarterback change. But with No. 3 overall pickdealing with a knee injury — he didn’t practice at all in Week Seven — the 49ers may be stuck.
With the win, Indianapolis is 3-4 and has a date with 5-2 Tennessee at home next week.
The 49ers are now 2-4, and they could have a hard time making up ground in the NFC West with the Cardinals undefeated at 7-0 and the Rams sitting at 6-1. They’ll head to Chicago to take on the 3-4 Bears next week.
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Betting Roundtable: Jets-Colts Thursday Night Football Picks .
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