Tampa Bay buccaneers (3-1) at San Francisco 49ers (3-1)

TPP Pregame Report: 49ers vs. Buccaneers

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SAN FRANCISCO — Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1) at San Francisco 49ers (3-1)

Location: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, CA

Time: 4:05ET/3:05CT

TV: FOX

Announcers: Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnson, Tony Siragusa

Weather: 60°F, Mostly Sunny

Line: 49ers by 3

Injury Report: SAN FRANCISCO –  CB Tramaine Brock (Out), WR Braylon Edwards (Out), RB Morgan Norris (Out), DT Issac Sopoaga (Doubtful), CB Shawntae Spencer (Questionable), G Mike Iupati (Probable), G Adam Snyder (Probable), Michael Crabtree (Probable), RB Frank Gore (Probable)

TAMPA BAY – WR Sammie Stroughter (Out), S Devin Holland (Out), TE Luke Stocker (Out), T James Lee (Out), LB Quincy Black (Out), LB Zach Diles (Doubtful), TE Kellen Winslow (Not Injury related, Expected to Play), DE Micheal Bennett (Probable), DE Tim Crowder (Probable), RB Earnest Graham (Probable), TE Zack Pianalto (Probable), CB Aqib Talib (Probable)

Key Matchup: Josh Freeman vs.  49ers Defense

Last Week: Buccaneers beat Colts 24-17, 49ers beat Eagles 24-23

Last Meeting: November 21, 2010- Buccaneers 21, 49ers 0

Series History (Since 2001): Series tied 3-3

Last Minute Preview: Both of these teams are coming into the game 3-1 and playing inspired football. The Niners are hot off a comeback win against the Eagles and the Bucs are hot off a comeback win against the Colts on Monday Night Football. The question is who will have the comeback this week? Both teams are capable of lighting a second half fire under them but only the 49ers have had a second half collapse. Tampa went down in the first half to all but one of their opponents so far and never let them back in the game. San Francisco lead Dallas, but let them back into the game in the second half and that may prove to be the difference. The equalizer is Josh Freeman who thrives off the comeback thrill and the Niner’s are a team capable of falling victim to his swagger. The pieces fit into each other but that doesn’t guarantee a Bucs win. Josh Freeman is human, as much as Bucs fans don’t want to believe it. Sooner or later he won’t be able to lead a successful comeback and he will fall a play or two short. This could be that game if the Niners defense clamps down in the second half. All of this is rendered irrelevant if the Bucs jump up on the 49ers in the first half. Alex Smith is no solid quarterback and Frank Gore has a terrible offensive line. The defense must play shut down like they did last year in their no-hitter.

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