Whether on the road or at home, the San Francisco 49ers offense cannot sustain drives or score points. This was the case in the 27-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. In the last two games lost by the Niners, they have been outscored 56-10.
San Francisco’s offense played poorly the whole game, but in the fourth quarter is when things started to go downhill. With the Colts leading 13-7, Andrew Luck orchestrated an 11-play, 80-yard touchdown drive. Luck rushed in for a six-yard TD with 4:13 left in the game.
On the following drive, Colin Kaepernick fumbled at the Colts eight-yard line after being sacked. Indy would score three plays later to go up, 27-7.
The 49ers started six of their 11 offensive drives inside the 15-yard line. They scored their only touchdown of the game on the second drive. Kendall Hunter rushed in for 13-yard touchdown run to tie the game at seven. The Colts’ secondary were all over the Niners receivers, not allowing them to get open all game. The offense was never allowed to get in sync and finished with 254 yards. Kaepernick was just 2-for-8 with 38 passing yards in the first-half. He finished the game with 150 passing yards and one interception.
Having your offense go missing for the second straight game is not what a playoff caliber team does. A lack of a strong No. 2 receiver for the 49ers was obvious in the game. It didn’t help that tight end Vernon Davis was out with a hamstring injury, but no other receivers stepped up in his absence. Five of Kaepernick’s 13 completions went to Aquan Boldin. Boldin finished with five receptions for 67 yards. However, Kyle Williams and rookie Quinton Patton dropped passes for third-down conversions.
The one positive on offense for the 49ers was Frank Gore rushing for 82 yards on 11 carries. Gore averaged 7.5 yards a rush.
The Niners defense held on as long as they could, but the offense not scoring did not help. Luck passed for 164 yards and no touchdowns. But the defense gave up 95 rushing yards and one touchdown to Ahmad Bradshaw. To make matters worse for the defense, star linebacker Patrick Willis left the game in the third quarter with a groin injury.
The 49ers don’t have much time to figure the aliments of the offense. They travel to St. Louis in Week 4 for a Thursday night game against the Rams.