Whatever high the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were riding after ending the four-game losing streak last week was harshed in a pretty rough way on Sunday in Santa Clara.
The San Francisco 49ers boxed the Bucs' ears, looking every bit like the complete team they were billed as on their way to a 27-14 victory. It wasn't the worst loss of the season, but it felt like the first time the Bucs were truly outclassed since the loss to Philadelphia back in Week 3.
Even with how dominant the Niners were, the Bucs were still in the game but threw punches that failed to land.
With the Saints and Falcons on a bye week, Tampa Bay only lost marginal ground in the NFC South playoff race. The loss, though, calls into question how serious the team should be about competing -- or how serious they'll be taken if a ticket ends up getting punched.
A lot went wrong in the loss to San Francisco, but some guys stood out -- for better and worse -- more than others.
Winners and losers from Buccaneers loss to 49ers in Week 11
Winner: Rakim Jarrett
During training camp, Rakim Jarrett's name kept popping up as a potential sleeper to keep an eye on. He was one of the many undrafted rookies who made an impact and parlayed a strong summer into a roster spot ahead of Week 1. It took a while, but Jarrett finally made his presence felt on Sunday, reeling in a huge catch late in the game.
Down by two scores, Jarrett hauled in a 41-yard catch-and-run that helped set up a touchdown that brought the Bucs back to life in the fourth quarter.
Tampa Bay scored two plays later. It was his only catch of the day, and just his fourth reception of the season, but it provided a spark at exactly the right time.