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Ahmad Bradshaw added a 1-yard TD run in the final minutes, and Adam Vinatieri kicked a pair of field objectives before missing a 51-yarder earlier in the fourth.
But Luck came through again to provide Indianapolis (2-1) more opportunities.
It was Colin Kaepernick’s his first home loss at Candlestick Park as a starter.
Frank Gore ran for 82 yards after going for 60 complete in his first two games, yet there were few bright spots regarding Kaepernick as San Francisco (1-2) struggled to establish a passing game with tight end Vernon Davis sidelined by a hamstring injury. The protection committed numerous costly penalties for the third straight week.
Luck completed his initial six passes and spoiled the home team’s reunion day between coaches to both sides who know each other peoples tendencies dating to their days in Stanford.
The Colts sure appeared to be better prepared.
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Luck sent third-year coach Harbaugh to consecutive losses for the first time.
Before Sunday, he was 7-0 following a defeat — and Harbaugh faced criticism regarding playing and starting Aldon Jones two days after the linebacker was arrested and jailed on suspicion associated with driving under the influence and marijuana possession.
Kaepernick had been 4-0 on his home field since becoming a beginner last November. This time, his 49ers were 10½-point favorites, but appeared nothing like the better team in obtaining thoroughly outplayed.
He completed 2 of his almost eight first-half passes and wound up just 13 for 27 for a hundred and fifty yards with an interception and 3 sacks.
The 49ers had six penalties for 48 yards and didn’t look a lot better than they did in their five-turnover, 29-3 loss at division rival Seattle last week.
Richardson carried 13 times for 35 yards, giving the Colts quite the particular 1-2 punch with Bradshaw’s 19 rushes for 95 yards.
Luck took advantage of a set of penalties by San Francisco to open Indianapolis’ seven-play, 80-yard scoring drive over the opening 3: 40 for a 7-0 lead.
On the Colts’ first play from scrimmage, basic safety Donte Whitner received a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty when he led with his helmet on a strike against Bradshaw after a 3-yard catch. Tarell Brown was flagged regarding pass interference on the next perform.
Another penalty on Brown, for holding, gave the particular Colts first down at the 23 midway through the second quarter make up Vinatieri’s 43-yard field objective. He kicked a 41-yarder within the third quarter.
Brownish was penalized yet again for move interference midway through the fourth.
The 49ers answered Indianapolis’ initial score. Kendall Hunter leaped for a 13-yard score after Gore got the drive going with 3 long runs — quickly topping his total from the first 2 games.
Luck kept drives going with clutch plays since the Colts won the third straight ending up in San Francisco.
On third-and-9 and throwing from near his end zone late in the 3rd, Luck hit Reggie Wayne to get a 25-yard gain in which Wayne pennyless through several tackle attempts.
All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis went down on the play and was helped off the field moments afterwards with a groin injury that sidelined him for the rest of the game.
The Colts busted through San Francisco’s defensive line, which lost nose tackle Ian Williams to a season-ending ankle injury last week.
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