National Football League
                     === Kaepernick, 49ers rout Bucs ===
 Tampa,  FL  ( -  The San  Francisco 49ers  moved closer to a
 playoff  berth  with a convincing  33-14 win over  the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on
 Sunday from Raymond James Stadium.
 With  a  win against  Atlanta next  week, San Francisco  (10-4) will punch its
 ticket  to  the postseason. The  Niners had a chance  to clinch on Sunday, but
 Arizona's overtime win against Tennessee prevented any celebration.
 Colin  Kaepernick threw  for 203 yards with two touchdowns on 19-of-29 passing
 and  also rushed  for 39  yards on  seven attempts.  Vernon Davis  and Michael
 Crabtree each hauled in a touchdown on five receptions. Davis finished with 79
 yards, while Crabtree recorded 45.
 Frank  Gore  rushed for  86 yards  on 22 carries  for San  Fran, which won its
 fourth consecutive game.
 Mike   Glennon  was  18-of-34  for  179  yards  with  two  touchdowns  and  an
 interception  for  Tampa Bay  (4-10). Timothy Wright  and Vincent Jackson both
 caught touchdown passes in the setback.
 "They (Tampa Bay) have a great defense," said Kaepernick. "They cause a lot of
 problems for offenses and they do a lot of things well."
 Following  a three-and-out  from Tampa, Gore shot through the middle for a 13-
 yard gain on the Niners' first play from scrimmage.
 Later  in the  march, Kaepernick  scampered  out of  the pocket  down the  far
 sideline on 3rd-and-8 for a 17-yard gain that put the 49ers in the red zone.
 Kaepernick  was faced with another third down three plays later when he rolled
 to  his right, pump  faked several times, and completed a 5-yard pass to Bruce
 Miller as he fell out of bounds for a first down at the Tampa Bay 4.
 Gore  was  stuffed for no  gain on 1st-and-goal,  but Kaepernick kept the next
 play alive by rolling to his right before finding Crabtree for a 4-yard score.
 The  next  score came via a  47-yard field goal  from Phil Dawson that put the
 visitors up 10-0 midway through the second quarter.
 On  3rd-and-15, Kaepernick  hit Anquan Boldin on a short crossing pattern. The
 wide  receiver broke Darrelle Revis' tackle and hustled down the near sideline
 for a gain of 25 to the Tampa Bay 21-yard line.
 San Francisco stalled and settled for the field goal.
 Later in the quarter, coming out of the two-minute warning timeout, Kaepernick
 completed a deep 52-yard pass to Davis for a touchdown.
 Tampa Bay finally made its way across mid-field for the first time in the game
 during  the last drive of the half. Glennon orchestrated a seven-play, 80-yard
 sequence that culminated with an 11-yard touchdown grab by Jackson.
 Midway  through  the third following a  Buccaneers punt, San Fran started with
 good  field  position at  the  Tampa  Bay 44  and  Dawson  converted his  22nd
 consecutive field goal when he drilled a 43-yarder to make it 20-7.
 "Tough  loss," said  Bucs head coach Greg  Schiano. "It was a hard fought game
 (and)  unfortunate the way it ended. We had opportunities, without a doubt, to
 stop them and we didn't do it."
 The Bucs spent just over four minutes on a 10-play, 92-yard scoring march that
 bled  into  the fourth quarter. Wright  caught a 24-yard touchdown pass on the
 first  play of the  fourth quarter to end the lengthy possession and close the
 gap to 20-14.
 The defending NFC Champions answered with a textbook 17-play drive that chewed
 up 10-plus minutes, but ended with only a 21-yard Dawson field goal.
 Like  he  did most  of the  day, Kaepernick  made a  couple of huge third-down
 conversions during the sequence, connecting with Crabtree for 14 yards on 3rd-
 and-12 and later running for 10 yards on 3rd-and-6 to set up the field goal.
 Eric  Page fumbled  when he  attempted to  hand the  ball off  on the  ensuing
 kickoff and Kendall Hunter returned the fumble two yards for a touchdown.
 Dawson  added  to his  franchise record  with his  24th consecutive field goal
 after he added a 35-yarder late in the contest.
                                   Game Notes
 Wright  finished with seven receptions for 82 yards and Jackson hauled in five
 passes for 58 yards ... Bucs running back Bobby Rainey had just 27 yards on 11
 carries  ...  San Francisco held  onto the ball for  39:50 ... The Niners also
 outgained the Bucs 376-183 in total yards.
 12/15 20:02:15 ET