Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano's opening statement after his team’s 27-7 victory over the San Francisco 49ers was about how the win could be one the Colts talk about five or six years from now.

Then Pagano backtracked.

“Maybe one of those wins that propel you to do great things” he said.

The hype surrounding the Andrew Luck-Jim Harbaugh reunion took a backseat to the type of performance general manager Ryan Grigson envisioned when he put the team together during the offseason.

The Colts took the first step in removing the finesse label that has lingered since the Peyton Manning years of throwing the ball around the field to Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne. On Sunday the Colts imposed their will taking the physical 49ers out back for an old-school beating.

“If you want to go finesse open it up with five wide [receivers] we can do that” Colts linebacker Robert Mathis said. “You want to go smash-mouth football we can do that. We have two backs that can get it done and an O-line that can open up gaping holes.”

The Colts’ victory sends a message to Manning and the Denver Broncos who appear to be the odds-on favorites to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.

“All the good things we did today we can keep building on so we can keep having performances like this” defensive lineman Cory Redding said.