RELEASE: 49ers at Colts

The Indianapolis Colts initiate 2010 preseason play and embark onthe second year of the Head Coach Jim Caldwell era on Sunday, August15 by hosting the San Francisco 49ers. Kickoff in Lucas Oil Stadium is1:00 p.m.


DATE: Sunday, August 15, 2010
SITE: Lucas Oil Stadium
KICKOFF: 1:00 p.m. (EDT)/10:00 a.m. (PDT)
CAPACITY: 63,000

The Indianapolis Colts initiate 2010 preseason play and embark on the second year of the Head Coach Jim Caldwell era on Sunday, August 15 by hosting the San Francisco 49ers. Kickoff in Lucas Oil Stadium is 1:00 p.m. (EDT)/10:00 a.m. (PDT).

Caldwell was elevated to head coach in January of 2009, and this is his ninth season with the franchise. Caldwell directed the club to a memorable season in his first year at the helm. Indianapolis won its first 14 games, tied a franchise record for most seasonal victories, won the AFC South title, earned homefield advantage and won the AFC Championship. He directs the Colts into their 27th season in Indianapolis.

Indianapolis reported to training camp on Sunday, August 1 at the Anderson University in Anderson, Ind., the site of the club's training camp from 1984-98. The club practices daily in training camp prior to this weekend's game (see for practice information). The Colts return to Anderson University on the Monday following the San Francisco game for three days of practice before breaking camp on August 18.

The Colts are owners of the NFL's best regular-season record (128-48) since the start of the 1999 season, while being the only team to earn 10 playoff appearances in the last eleven seasons, including a league-best eight consecutive post-season berths. Indianapolis has won 73 of its last 89 regular-season games. The Colts own a 98-29 record (counting the playoffs) since the start of the 2003 season and are 84-24 since 2004.  From November, 2003 to December, 2009, the Colts produced a regular-season record of 81-19, tying New England (2003-09) for the NFL's best 100-game regular-season mark. Indianapolis' winning ways include a 38-10 record in AFC South play, while the club has owned or shared the lead in 112 of 136 weeks of the division's existence. The Colts won five AFC South championships from 2003-07, the best divisional-title streak in club history. The Colts were wire-to-wire divisional leaders during the 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009 seasons. The club's nine playoff berths in the 2000-09 decade tied the NFL record set by Dallas (9) in the 1970s. Indianapolis is the only team since 2002 Realignment to earn annual double-digit victory totals and playoff berths. From 2008-09, the Colts set an NFL record with 23 consecutive regular-season victories (21, New England, 2006-08). The streak was the sixth 10 -game regular-season winning streak in franchise history (23, 2008-09; 13, 2005; 11, 1964; 11, 1975-76; 11, 1999; 10, 2005-06), the fourth since 1999. Caldwell became the only NFL rookie head coach to win his first 14 games in a season, surpassing Potsy Clark (8, Portsmouth, 1931), and he surpassed Wally Lemm (10, 1961 Houston Oilers-1962 St. Louis Cardinals) for the most consecutive wins to start a career. Caldwell also became the 2nd rookie head coach since the 1978 NFL move to a 16-game season to win 14 games (George Seifert, SF, 1989). Indianapolis extended its NFL record as the only franchise to win seven or more consecutive regular-season games in six consecutive seasons (8, 2004; 13, 2005; 9, 2006; 7 and 6, 2007; 9, 2008; 14, 2009). Additionally, the Colts posted their eighth consecutive 10 -victory season, setting the 2nd-longest such streak in NFL history (16, San Francisco, 1983-98; 7, Dallas, 1975-81). Indianapolis earned its seventh consecutive season with 11 victories, surpassing the NFL record it had shared with Dallas (6, 1976-81). The Colts extended their league mark to seven consecutive seasons (2003-09) with 12 victories. The Colts produced 115 victories for the 2000-09 decade, surpassing the league record of 113 by San Francisco from 1990-99.

TELEVISION/RADIO: WTTV-TV telecasts with Don Fischer, Mark Herrmann and Jeffrey Gorman (field reporter). 1070-The Fan/HANK-FM, 97.1 broadcasts with Bob Lamey, Will Wolford and Kevin Lee (field reporter).

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NEXT WEEK: Indianapolis visits Buffalo on Thursday, August 19 in a preseason outing to be played at Toronto, Canada. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. (EDT).

WWW.COLTS.COM: Please check the official website of the Indianapolis Colts for the latest in team information and merchandise.


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                JIM CALDWELL was named head coach of the Colts on January 13, 2009, and this marks his ninth season with Indianapolis. Caldwell joined the club in 2002 as quarterbacks coach before adding the title of assistant head coach prior to the 2005 season. Caldwell was promoted to associate head coach with the club prior to the 2008 season. From 2002-09, Caldwell has been a part of Colts teams that produced 10-6, 12-4, 12-4, 14-2, 12-4, 13-3, 12-4 and 14-2 records. Indianapolis is the only team to earn 12 victories in seven consecutive seasons, setting the NFL's all-time standard. Indianapolis has had eight consecutive 10 -victory seasons, setting the second-longest streak in NFL history (16, San Francisco, 1983-98; 7, Dallas, 1975-81), and the Colts have surpassed Dallas (1976-81) as the only franchise to earn at least eleven victories in seven consecutive seasons. The Colts also have earned an NFL-best eight consecutive playoff appearances, and Indianapolis is the only team to post double-digit victory seasons and playoff berths each season since the 2002 realignment. From 2008-09, Indianapolis set the NFL record with 23 consecutive regular-season victories (21 New England, 2006-08). Indianapolis also won 115 regular-season games from 2000-09, the most by a team in a decade in NFL history. From 2004-09, Indianapolis became the only NFL team to win at least seven consecutive games in six consecutive seasons (8, 2004; 13, 2005; 9, 2006; 7 and 6, 2007; 9, 2008; 14, 2009). In 2009, Caldwell became the 5th NFL rookie head coach to reach the Super Bowl.  Caldwell joined Chuck Knox (L.A. Rams, 1973), Red Miller (Denver, 1977), Mike Martz (St. Louis, 2000) and Josh McDaniels (Denver, 2009) as the only rookie head coaches in the Super Bowl era to start 6-0. He became the fourth coach ever to start 6-0 when succeeding a head coach who won 100 games (Blanton Collier, Cleveland, 1963, succeeded Paul Brown, 111 wins; Jack Pardee, Washington, 1978, succeeded George Allen, 116 wins; Josh McDaniels, Denver, 2009, succeeded Mike Shanahan, 146 wins; Caldwell, Colts, 2009, succeeded Tony Dungy, 139 wins). Caldwell joined the Colts after serving as quarterbacks coach with Tampa Bay in 2001. Caldwell has more than 20 years of collegiate coaching experience. He spent 1993-2000 as head coach at Wake Forest. He served as an assistant coach at Southern Illinois (1978-80), Northwestern (1981), Colorado (1982-84), Louisville (1985) and Penn State (1986-92). Caldwell has coached in six bowl games and won a national championship with Penn State in 1986. In addition to serving on Joe Paterno's title staff, Caldwell tutored under three other coaches who won collegiate crowns (Rey Dempsey, Southern Illinois; Bill McCartney, Colorado; Howard Schnellenberger, Louisville). Caldwell was a four-year starter at defensive back at Iowa and worked as a graduate assistant for Iowa in 1977. He holds a bachelor's degree from Iowa. Caldwell was born on January 16, 1955 in Beloit, Wis.

MIKE SINGLETARY was named the 16th head coach in San Francisco history on October 20, 2008. Singletary has directed the 49ers to 7-9 and 8-8 records in his first two seasons.  Singletary served 2003-04 as inside linebacker coach with Baltimore. He served 2005-08 under Mike Nolan at San Francisco before assuming the position of field general. Singletary was a LB with Chicago from 1981-92. He was named to 10 consecutive Pro Bowls and earned eight All-Pro nominations before being inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998. Singletary was an All-America LB at Baylor. He is a native of Houston, Texas.


*               * The Colts and 49ers will be meeting for the first time in preseason play. Sunday's meeting leaves only Baltimore, Houston and Jacksonville as teams the Colts have not faced in preseason action. The league series spans 42 games and originated in 1953. The Colts own a 24-18 edge. The teams met twice annually through 1969. Since then, the clubs met in 1972, 1986, 1989, 1995, 1998, 2001, 2005 and 2009. The series was renewed last November 1 in Lucas Oil Stadium. Scoring its only touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter on a tailback pass, Indianapolis battled to beat San Francisco, 18-14. RB-Joseph Addai hit WR-Reggie Wayne (12-147, 1 TD) on a 22t pass to give the Colts their only lead of the game seven seconds into the final period. K-Matt Stover hit field goals of 38, 33, 31 and 40 yards as the Colts offset two 49ers first-half touchdowns. QB-Peyton Manning was 31-48-347 and became the 4th QB with 4,000 career completions (Brett Favre, Dan Marino, John Elway), and he did it in his 183rd career game, the fastest pace to that plateau (193, Marino; 196, Favre, 227, Elway). Addai added 62 rushing yards, while Wayne tallied his 10th career 10 -reception game. The last meeting in San Francisco came on October 9, 2005. Producing five sacks and five turnovers, the Colts earned a 28-3 victory. Manning (23-31-255, 1 TD/2 ints.) and RB-Edgerrin James (21-105, 1 TD rushing/4-42 receiving) led the Colts offense, while DEs-Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney and LB-Cato June headlined the defense. June intercepted two passes and returned one 24 yards for a touchdown. Indianapolis never trailed in notching its first victory in San Francisco since 1968. San Francisco gained its last series win in Indianapolis on November 25, 2001, when it earned a 40-21 victory. In that contest, five Colts turnovers led to 23 San Francisco points. The battle stood 21-20 in favor of the Colts late in the third quarter before the 49ers pulled away. Manning was 31-51-370, 1 TD/4 ints., while WR-Marvin Harrison was 8-128, 1 TD and rookie RB-Dominic Rhodes was 27-104, 2 TDs rushing. QB-Jeff Garcia was 14-22-179, 2 TDs/1 int., while WR-Terrell Owens was 6-103, 1 TD and RB-Garrison Hearst was 12-106, 2 TDs rushing. The Colts appeared in San Francisco on October 18, 1998, when the 49ers rallied from a 21-0 second-quarter deficit to take a 34-31 decision at 3Com Park. In that contest, K-Wade Richey's 24-yard FG with :05 left capped a frustrating loss for the Colts. The Colts built an early 21-0 lead behind RB-Marshall Faulk (17-103, 1 TD rushing; 65t), Manning (18-30-231, 3 TDs) and Harrison (6-98, 3 TDs; 4t, 6t, 61t). Faulk's burst and Harrison's initial two scores came in the game's first 19 minutes, but the 49ers cut the gap to 21-17 at halftime after two Colts end-zone interceptions were negated by defensive holding calls. QB-Steve Young (33-51-331, 2 TDs) guided the comeback with two scoring tosses and two TD rushes. K-Mike Vanderjagt was short on a 53-yard FG with 1:08 left to set the stage for the 49ers' final drive. Prior to 2009, the last Colts series win at home was on October 15, 1995. K-Cary Blanchard's 41-yard FG with 2:36 remaining handed the Colts an 18-17 decision over the defending Super Bowl champions.

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