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Colts 30, 49ers 18: Defensive penalties, offensive ineptitude key fourth straight loss

Cam Inman, The Mercury News on

Published in Football

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The rain kept falling Sunday night, symbolically escorting the 49ers to a fourth straight loss that has their season in an embarrassing freefall.

The 49ers emerged from their bye week to lose 30-18 to the Indianapolis Colts amid a torrent of rain, wind, defensive penalties and offensive implosions.

It was the most inclement weather the 49ers have endured since Levi’s Stadium opened in 2014, and, with their stands half-full of poncho-wearing fans, boos loudly cascaded from the crowd during second-half sorrows.

Appalling play by their defensive backs mostly was reflected in pass-interference penalties, but, for good measure, Colts quarterback Carson Wentz finished them off with a 28-yard touchdown pass over Dre Kirkpatrick with 2:49 remaining.

Jimmy Garoppolo and the mistake-prone 49ers (2-4) simply could not keep pace with the Colts (3-4).

Garoppolo’s return to the lineup came without rookie understudy Trey Lance (sprained knee) lurking over his shoulder, and even though a Garoppolo touchdown pass launched a fourth-quarter comeback, it ended shortly thereafter with two interceptions.

 

Next up for the 49ers is a Halloween day visit to the Chicago Bears, who fell to 3-4 Sunday with a 38-3 loss at Tampa Bay.

Here are the top takeaways from this game:

FOURTH-QUARTER FAILURES

Garoppolo initially channeled his fourth-quarter production from the 49ers’ last prime-time game, when he engineered a last-minute touchdown drive in an eventual defeat to the Green Bay Packers in the Sept. 19 home opener.

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