Week 5 Grade: Indianapolis Colts Defense vs 49ers
The Colts’ defense shut down the 49ers’ offense for three quarters, and then came up with a huge stop to give their offense another chance to win the game in overtime.
It looked like a second Jacoby Brissett overtime interception was going to cost the Colts the game on Sunday before the defense stepped up with a crucial stop that set up the game-winning drive.
San Francisco was unable to muster any offense during the first three quarters as they only managed 6 points heading into quarter number four.
However, the defense seemed to wear down, much like the Seahawks game last week, and gave up 17 fourth quarter points including a touchdown on 4th-and-5 with 24 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
The Colts did a great job stuffing the run, as they have for much of the year, as they held the 49ers to 66 yards rushing on the day with only 3 yards per carry.
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But Brian Hoyer was able to complete a ton of deep passes in the fourth quarter as San Francisco racked up 353 passing yards on 7 yards per attempt. Hoyer finished the game with 2 touchdowns and a quarterback rating of 101.1 as Marquise Goodwin, Pierre Garcon, and George Kittle gave the Colts’ pass defense fits.
Indianapolis needs to be more disruptive going forward as they failed to create a turnover, although they did force two fumbles, and only sacked the quarterback twice.
However, one bright spot on the defense continues to be the dominance of defensive end Jabaal Sheard as he brought down Hoyer for 1.5 sacks with 7 total tackles in an overtime victory.
The Colts’ run defense continues to be a strength, but they need to defend the pass much better to consistently give their offense a chance to win.