Live updates: 49ers cut Colts’ lead in fourth quarter of rain-soaked SNF game

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GAME ESSENTIALS: 49ers (2-3) vs. Colts (2-4) at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, at 5:20 p.m. (PT). TV: NBC-TV (Ch. 3, Ch. 11), Announcers: Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (color commentary), Michele Tafoya (sideline reporting).

ODDS: 49ers -4.0. OVER/UNDER: 44.

SERIES: Colts lead 26-19. LAST MEETING: Colts won 26-23 in overtime at Lucas Oil Stadium on Oct. 8, 2017.

San Francisco is in desperate need of a victory to avoid falling further behind in the NFC playoff race.

Jimmy Garoppolo will be back as the 49ers’ starting quarterback as they return from the bye week and try to snap a three-game losing streak. Garoppolo’s calf injury has sufficiently healed, enabling him to replace Trey Lance, who is recovering from a knee injury suffered in his first NFL start two weeks ago.

The 49ers’ ability to protect Garoppolo on Sunday night will obviously be compromised should All-Pro left tackle Trent Williams miss the game. Williams sat out practice on Thursday with an elbow injury and his status is up in the air. Rookie Jaylon Moore would slide into the left tackle spot if Williams can’t go.

San Francisco could have its hands full dealing with DeForest Buckner, the former 49ers star who is still upset he was shipped off to the Colts. Buckner, who revealed this week he was willing to “meet in the middle” with the 49ers on contract negotiations before being dealt, said of his first game against his former team: “It’s a little personal.”

Taking care of the ball will be a huge focus for Garoppolo and the 49ers offense, especially considering they’ll also be facing All-Pro linebacker Darius Leonard, who has a takeaway in four consecutive games.

Meanwhile, the 49ers’ current defense is still talented enough to make life tough on the Colts and their quarterback, Carson Wentz. San Francisco is in the middle of the pack in points allowed — ranked 16th of 32 teams — but it has still allowed the fifth-lowest yards per game in the league (329.5).

Should rainstorms arrive Sunday night as expected, both offenses could be in for some tough sledding.

Follow along with our reporters Cam Inman and Jerry McDonald, columnist Dieter Kurtenbach and other analysts providing their thoughts about the game.

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