Indianapolis Colts' Preseason: Tom Brandstater Outplays Curtis Painter

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Indianapolis Colts' Preseason: Tom Brandstater Outplays Curtis Painter
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Curtis Painter loses the handle of the ball and possibly his back-up role against the 49ers.

The Colts' 37-17 loss to the 49ers was both unimportant and telling. The first team offense looked crisp, including wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez who recorded one reception for 18 yards, in his return from injury.

The defense looked shady as the game progressed, but only the second-and third-stringers had real problems with San Francisco's power running game.Indianapolis allowed Niner's sixth-round pick Anthony Dixon to rush for 100 yards on 21 carries. 

Nearly all of the preceding is unimportant except maybe Gonzalez's successful return because the rest can be attributed to this being the first real action the Colts have seen in quite sometime.

The Colts are a championship caliber football team and a blowout lose in preseason play is nothing to get worked up about.

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