NFL Game Summary - Tampa Bay at San Francisco|
(Sunday, October 9th)
Final Score: San Francisco 48, Tampa Bay 3
San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Alex Smith tied a career-high with three
touchdown passes and the San Francisco 49ers had their largest margin of
victory in the regular season since 1987, rolling over the Tampa Bay
The 49ers beat the Rams 48-0 on December 27, 1987.
Smith completed 11-of-19 passes for 170 yards while Frank Gore ran for 125
yards and a score on 20 carries for the 49ers (4-1), who have won three
straight to produce their best start since 2002.
"Another strong game by Frank (Gore). I thought he was seeing things well
today, seeing holes, planting very well," San Francisco head coach Jim
Josh Freeman struggled as he went just 17-for-33 with 187 yards and two
interceptions for the Buccaneers (3-2), who had a three-game winning streak
LeGarrette Blount accumulated only 34 yards on 10 carries, while Kellen
Winslow caught five balls for 54 yards.
"Disappointing loss, flat start, flat finish, flat middle, everything," Tampa
Bay head coach Raheem Morris said. "We didn't make it off the plane."
The 49ers struck first as Smith found Delanie Walker for a 26-yard touchdown
pass to conclude their opening four-play, 50-yard drive.
Tampa Bay took 6:28 off the clock on their ensuing possession as Connor Barth
booted one through from 24 yards out. Arrelious Benn had a 33-yard catch to
highlight the drive.
Carlos Rogers intercepted Freeman on the first play of the second quarter and
he returned the pick 31 yards into the end zone to make it 14-3.
Freeman was picked off again on the Buccaneers' ensuing drive as rookie Chris
Culliver undercut the intended receiver Michael Spurlock. The 49ers
capitalized as they turned the turnover into a touchdown when Gore ran it in
from two yards out.
David Akers tacked on a 37-yard field goal with 4:29 until the half to make it
San Francisco opened the second half with another touchdown as Vernon Davis
got into the end zone on a 23-yard catch-and-run. Josh Morgan had a 24-yard
catch, while Michael Crabtree hauled in a 15-yard reception to highlight the
seven-play, 80-yard march.
The Buccaneers were unable to convert a 4th-and-2 at the 49er 33-yard line as
Freeman's lob pass for Mike Williams fell incomplete. Akers proceeded to nail
his second field goal of the game, this time from 27 yards out, as the 49ers
increased their lead, 34-3.
Dashon Goldson made a bone-crunching hit to force a Williams fumble after an
eight-yard completion. Patrick Willis recovered the loose ball at the
Buccaneers 36-yard line. Smith connected with Davis for a second time as he
corralled a 14-yard pass on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Colin Kaepernick made his NFL debut at the 8:24 mark of the fourth quarter.
After Kendall Hunter broke off a 44-yard run, Kaepernick completed his first
NFL pass to Walker for an 11-yard gain.
Morgan caught a pass from Kaepernick and rumbled to the Buccaneers one-
yard line for a 19-yard gain before being dragged down awkwardly on his right
leg. He had to be carried off the field as he wasn't able to put any
pressure on the leg. He was carted back into the locker room.
Anthony Dixon added to the San Francisco lead with a one-yard touchdown
The 49ers lead the all-time series 16-4. Tampa Bay won last year's meeting
21-0...Morgan had five catches for 75 yards...Hunter ran for 65 yards on nine
carries...Benn caught three passes for 46 yards, while Williams caught four
balls for 28 yards...The 49ers defeated the Broncos on January 28, 1990,
55-10, in Super Bowl XXIV. It's the last time they defeated a team by 45
points...Smith last had three passing touchdowns against the Seattle Seahawks
on December 12, 2010. Sunday marked the sixth time that Smith has thrown for
10/09 20:45:36 ET