The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to 4-10 for the season after losing in their final home game of the season by a final score of 33-14 against Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers.
San Francisco improves to 10-4 with the win, as they seem poised to capture at least one of the two wild card spots in the NFC.
The Buccaneers fell behind early on a touchdown pass to Michael Crabtree, and would never catch up to the 49ers. The 49ers would add a big play to Vernon Davis in the first half to hold a 17-7 lead at halftime.
Colin Kaepernick would escape pressure and make some big throws to move the chains, as well as rushing four times for 42 yards before taking kneeldowns at the end of the game, as the Buccaneer defense struggled to contain the mobile quarterback.
But the Buccaneers would stay competitive into the late stages of the game thanks to some great offense in the no-huddle, as Mike Glennon and company would pick up drives of 80 and 92 yards to score their only touchdowns of the game. Vincent Jackson was on the receiving end of the touchdown throw on the first scoring drive, and Tim Wright was left open for a score on the second drive.
The Buccaneers would struggle on every other offensive drive, and eventually get run off the field by San Francisco on a crucial 10-minute scoring drive in the fourth quarter. Eric Page and Russell Shepard would then be called upon to run a trick play on the ensuing kickoff, and it was fumbled into the hands of Kendall Hunter who wound up scoring an easy special teams touchdown.
And there would be no late-game heroics for Tampa Bay, as Mike Glennon would throw a near interception on one fourth down, and throwing an actual interception on another as the Buccaneers tried to make a miracle of a comeback.
The Buccaneers ran for only 39 yards on the day, and Mike Glennon completed 18 of 34 passes for two touchdowns and one interception.
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