Dec 15, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) throws the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Finish Home Schedule With a 33-14 Loss to the San Francisco 49ers

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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  • Karen Melanson Hartman

    Sorry BUCS fans that went out to RJS I would’ve just liked to see #55 honored , but knew that would happen … Pats @ Phins was a great game ,I’m more of a Pats fan ,( birthplace ,) than Phin fanatic but it’s the first time since 2009 the Phins come away from that matchup with a win . Good to see Miami in the Wild Card spot & some rejuvenation for the die hards here in the Southernmost spots ; )

  • Jayson Kaplan

    Let’s hear from the guy who missed last week’s game but still thinks Glennon in the franchise QB. Today’s game didn’t make his case any better. The successful drives were nice but he was basically inept in the first half and in the fourth quarter he made the same predictable mistakes he’s made before. I’m not sure why Ronde Barber spent the entire broadcast making him out to be the superstar of his draft class. Outperforming EJ Manuel and Geno Smith isn’t really an accomplishment. It only proves all three were overdrafted and forced into starting roles far too early.

    • Karen Melanson Hartman

      Ugh , he needs to go to one of Chucky’s QB camps , lol

  • Richard Watts

    Actually it’s not on Glennon it’s on the play calling and the run game.The offense could have put 35 points on the Niners if they had went to the hurry up offense earlier. But they continue giving the Niners defense time to huddle and just can’t do that against an aggressive defense. Compare Glennon stats with the two scoring drives compared to the rest of the game.

  • Richard Watts

    The problem with the Bucs coaches is that they never come up with a good game plan..The Bucs have more talent on their roster than 90% of the teams in the NFL.But they are at the bottom of the league(record wise) that’s is clearly a sign of poor coaching.You prepare a game plan on a weekly basis depending on your opposition.You should spend the entire week watching films,preparing your players to exploit the opposition weakness on game day. but the Bucs also have the same game plan every week regardless of the opposition.