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September 20, 2013

NFL: Severals Colts returning to Bay Area home

QB Luck facing college coach Harbaugh for first time

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INDIANAPOLIS — DID YOU KNOW?

• Since the start of the 2012 season, the Colts are 5-0 in games immediately following a loss. Indianapolis was one of four teams in the NFL (along with Atlanta, Green Bay and the 49ers) to not lose consecutive games all season.

STAT OF WEEK

• The Colts have posted a 24-10 won-loss record in the month of September since the start of the of 2003 season. That marks leads the NFL.

BY THE NUMBERS

• 4. The Colts are aiming for their fourth straight win over an NFC opponent.

GAME PLAN

• Be more consistent on both sides of the ball. Finish on offense. Better communication on defense. That, in a nutshell, is what the Indianapolis Colts have to do in order to be successful Sunday against the 49ers. That, in a nutshell, is what the Colts failed to do in last week’s home-field loss to Miami.

• Due to injuries at tight end, Indianapolis is expected to use more three-wide sets. And due to injuries along the offensive line, the Colts may not try to push the power running schemes and rely more on swing passes to the running backs.

• Defensively, Indianapolis needs to put together four solid quarters. That’s something that the Colts have yet to do this season. It won’t be easy against an offense that can move the ball and score points in a hurry.

KEY MATCHUPS

• Colts QB Andrew Luck vs. 49ers pass rush. Luck was sacked 41 times last year and has been sacked seven times through the first two games this season. LB Aldon Smith and LB Patrick Willis have been outstanding at getting to the quarterback for San Francisco.

• 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick vs. Colts run defense. Indianapolis allowed 112 yards rushing to Oakland QB Terrelle Pryor in the team’s opening-season win over the Raiders. Kaepernick has rushed for 271 yards and three touchdowns in his last five home games. Since becoming the 49ers starter last season, he has rushed for 611 yards.

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