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September 22, 2013

NFL: Matchup of Colts, 49ers one of reunions

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SAN FRANCISCO — KAEPERNICK BOUNCING BACK: A week after Colin Kaepernick threw for a career-high 412 yards and three touchdowns in a win against Green Bay, he produced his worst performance as a pro in a 29-3 loss at division rival Seattle. Kaepernick went 13 for 28 for 127 yards with three interceptions and was sacked three times.

“The biggest thing is we have to go out and execute,” he said. “It’s not really something they did, it’s what we didn’t do.”

How he bounces back will be a key factor considering he had very little failure in a breakthrough 2012 and impressive postseason run.

“He probably played the best; most productive person we had on offense,” Harbaugh said. “He did what he could.”

TALE OF TWO HALVES: Indianapolis amassed 315 yards in the first half and 133 over the final two quarters in a 24-20 home loss to Miami, Luck’s first defeat on his home field. The Colts led 17-14 at halftime after falling behind 14-3.

Coach Chuck Pagano is striving for improved consistency in all phases.

“We’ve got to play better,” Pagano said. “We’ve got to play 60 minutes of consistent football on both sides of the ball and on special teams. We’ll continue to look for ways to make sure that we can do that.”

THE GORE FACTOR: Frank Gore wants to get on track, and now.

The franchise rushing leader has 30 carries for 60 yards in two games, with his longest gain for 8 yards. He had nine carries for 16 yards at Seattle.

An offensive line so dependable last year has struggled, while defenses have focused on stopping the run.

“We have to find a way, we have to get it done,” Gore said.

Indy wants to quickly incorporate new RB Trent Richardson into the offense.

THE REPLACEMENTS: What a list of injuries and fill-ins for both teams.

The Colts lost left guard Donald Thomas and tight end Dwayne Allen for the year, while 49ers nose tackle Ian Williams was placed on season-ending injured reserve with a broken left ankle that required surgery. Veteran Glenn Dorsey takes over for him.

“Injuries are part of this game. We all understand that,” Pagano said. “It’ll be next man up.”

 

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