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September 20, 2013

NFL: Severals Colts returning to Bay Area home

QB Luck facing college coach Harbaugh for first time





Candlestick Park (Grass), San Francisco  


• CBS Sports (Jim Nantz, Phil Sims)

• Colts Radio Network (Bob Lamey, Jim Sorgi, Matt Taylor)

• Sirius NFL Radio (Channel 85, Colts; Channel 86, 49ers. XM NFL Radio (Channel 86, 49ers).


• Colts: Chuck Pagano (12-6, 2nd year)

• 49ers: Jim Harbaugh (25-8-1, 3rd year).

Pagano has a 0-0 career coaching record against the Dolphins.


• 43rd regular-season meeting. Colts lead series, 24-18.

• The Colts have won the past two meetings and three of the last five with San Francisco, But the 49ers have posted victories in seven of the last 10 matchups.

• Indianapolis posted a 28-3 win on 10/9/05 and an 18-14 decision on 11/1/09.

• As a franchise, the Colts are 14-7 against San Francisco in home games and 10-11 in away games. The last road win for the Colts occurred 10/9/05.

• The franchise has a 1-3 won-loss record at Candlestick/3Com/Monster Park. The series began in 1953. Former Indianapolis OLB Cato June had two interceptions, including a 24-yard interception return for a touchdown. Former running backs Dominic Rhodes and Edgerrin James each had touchdown passes. In the last meeting, WR Reggie Wayne caught a 22-yard halfback pass from RB Joseph Addai for the winning touchdown for the Colts. PK Matt Stover connected on field goals from 38, 33, 31 and 40 yards for Indianapolis.


• Both teams are 1-1 heading into this week’s game. Indianapolis lost 24-20 at home to the Dolphins. San Francisco dropped a 29-3 decision at Seattle.


• Colts head coach Chuck Pagano on facing 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick: “We got a big challenge there as you know. So, we know all that stuff. We’ve seen it on tape. You got to do a great job of stopping the run and that’s much like Week 1. They’ve got an excellent back in Frank Gore and guys behind him. You got your base run and then you got the read option that you’ve got to take care of with Kaepernick. You’ve got to be disciplined. You’ve got to be focused. You’ve got to be on the same page. You’ve got to communicate. Guys got to be in the right spots. When he drops back to pass if it’s not there you know he can beat you scrambling around. You know, he can scramble to throw or scramble to run. We got to be very, very disciplined with our pass rush lane integrity. Then in the back end if he does break outside the pocket and start to scramble, we got to do a great job of plastering and sticking the guys in the back end so they don’t give up a free play.”

• Pagano on playing a team that is familiar with the Colts coaching staff and key players: “Well it can go both ways, because [49ers Defensive Coordinator] Vic [Fangio] and I worked together. Pep [Hamilton] was out there with both those guys, so it goes hand-in-hand. They’ve got some intel, we’ve got some intel, so there’s crossover everywhere with that. He knows the kid [Andrew Luck] very well, obviously. He knows his strengths and if he has any weaknesses, I’m sure he’ll try to exploit those. If there are any.”

• San Francisco head coach Jim Harbaugh on facing Andrew Luck/ Does his previous relationship with Luck help or hinder preparation for today's game?: “Just from our point of view, we’re familiar with Andrew, very familiar with him. But that doesn’t help you a lot because there’s no weaknesses. It keeps you up at night thinking about the possibilities

• San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick on Andrew Luck: “He’s very intelligent. Had a good time with him [at the Manning Passing Academy]. He’s a great quarterback. Was really impressed with what he did on the field.”

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