San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) fumbles the ball, which was recovered by the Colts, during the second half of the game Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

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Colts’ defense forces four turnovers in rain-soaked win over 49ers

Carson Wentz accounted for three touchdowns and Jonathan Taylor rushed for 107 yards and one score to help the Indianapolis Colts record a 30-18 victory over the San Francisco 49ers during a fierce rainstorm Sunday night in Santa Clara, Calif.

Darius Leonard and Al-Quadin Muhammad forced fumbles to set up touchdowns and Xavier Rhodes grabbed an interception prior to the final Indianapolis score in a contest played in a game-long deluge. Wentz rushed for one touchdown and completed 17 of 26 passes for 150 yards and tossed scoring passes to Mo Alie-Cox and Michael Pittman Jr. (four catches, 105 yards) as Indianapolis (3-4) won its second straight game.

Jimmy Garoppolo completed 16 of 27 passes for 181 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for the 49ers (2-4), who lost their fourth straight game. Elijah Mitchell rushed for 107 yards and one touchdown and Deebo Samuel caught seven passes for 100 yards and a touchdown.

The teams combined to fumble seven times — each club losing two — in the wet conditions. San Francisco committed four turnovers while Indianapolis had two. The Colts outgained the 49ers, 295 to 280.

Muhammad made a huge play when he sacked Garoppolo and forced him to fumble and Kwity Paye recovered at the San Francisco 33-yard line with 4:38 remaining in the third quarter. Less than a minute later, Taylor scampered in from the 5 to give Indianapolis a 20-12 advantage.

San Francisco used an impressive three-play drive to move within two with 13:07 remaining. Garoppolo connected with Samuel for 29 yards, Charlie Woerner for 27 and Samuel for the 14-yard score but a tying two-point pass play was batted away by Leonard.

Michael Badgley booted a 42-yard field goal to give the Colts a 23-18 edge with seven minutes remaining. Rhodes intercepted Garoppolo with 5:20 left, setting up Wentz’s 28-yard scoring pass to Pittman with 2:49 remaining.

Leonard’s forced fumble helped the Colts hold a 13-12 halftime lead. The star linebacker punched the ball away from Samuel and teammate Anthony Chesley recovered at the 49ers’ 28 with 3:02 left.

The Colts cashed in when Wentz scored on a 1-yard run with one minute left.

At the outset, Mitchell scored on a 5-yard run — the extra point was wide — and Joey Slye kicked a 34-yard field goal to give San Francisco a 9-0 lead less than seven minutes into the game. Indianapolis scored on Wentz’s 11-yard pass to Cox nearly three minutes later before Slye boomed a 56-yard field goal with 2:27 left in the first period.

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