If you were lucky enough to catch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers take on the San Francisco 49ers, you bore witness to the Buccaneers best win of the season, hell, best win in years. The Bucs didn’t just beat the 49ers today, they decimated them, winning 21-0, picking up their first victory in San Francisco in 30 years and shutting out the 49ers at home for the first time in 33 years.
The Bucs defense was fierce today, uncharacteristically so. Before the game concerns mounted about whether this Buccaneers team could handle Frank Gore and Vernon Davis. Those concerns proved to be unfounded as Gore managed just 23 yards on 12 carries and had just 60 yards total on the day. Vernon Davis proved even less of a factor catching just one pass for a measly three yards. The entire Bucs defense looked staunch, Ronde Barber picked off Troy Smith and the front seven recorded six sacks, improving on their total of eight through the previous nine games.
Offensively, the Bucs squared off against a talented defense but still managed to put up 21 points behind 162 yards rushing (divided between LeGarrette Blount and a rejuvenated Cadillac Williams) and a two touchdown performance by Josh Freeman. Mike Williams had a touchdown reception and LT Donald Penn caught one too as an eligible receiver on a third-and-goal play. Aside from a few small issues, a missed field goal and a couple of penalties, the Bucs couldn’t have asked for more on their trip to San Francisco. We’ll have full coverage ahead, including offensive and defensive breakdowns, game-balls and additional commentary. The Bucs are now 7-3 and looking like a good bet for a playoff spot. The rest of the NFL needs to take notice, this Buccaneers team isn’t kidding around.