The defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers came into Tampa Bay to take on the Bucs in their final home stand of the season. The Bucs game also celebrate the Day of Giving and Faith & Football concert event. Fans rolling into the stadium saw the Day of Giving efforts early as Raymond James Stadium was full of battle flags at every seat.
49ers are challenging the ruling on the field of an incomplete pass.— Pewter Report (@PewterReport) December 15, 2013
In TB, in real-time it's a bang-bang play. They're NOT going to reverse that.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) December 15, 2013
QB Colin Kaepernick made his presence felt on the first 49ers’ drive, converting the first first-down on a nine-yard scramble before evading tackles for another big first-down run of 17 yards. Buccaneers.com Senior Writer Scott Smith joins in the conversation:
The play stands and the Bucs punt. 49ers have it at the 38-yard-line to start.— Pewter Report (@PewterReport) December 15, 2013
The first San Francisco drive of the game would result in the first points as Kaepernick found WR Michael Crabtree on second down from the four-yard line for his first receiving TD of the season. WFLA News updates the first quarter stats:
Colin Kaepernick's mobility on third down is a problem the Buccaneers will have to solve today. It's the difference on this drive, obviously— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) December 15, 2013
The Bucs would go three-and-out the next time they took the ball, but the defense stood up, putting together a huge series, called by multiple Twitter sources: First Down:
San Francisco scores first, lead Buccaneers 7-0 with 7:05 to play in 1st quarter.— WFLA NEWS (@WFLA) December 15, 2013
— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) December 15, 2013
Adrian Claybornwith the sack - and that's saying something because Kaepernick saw him and was trying to sprint away.
— JoeBucsFan (@JoeBucsFan) December 15, 2013
Lavonte Davidstripped the ball but the ball sailed out of bounds. 49ers retain possession.
The Bucs took over at the 30-yard line. The drive would have one first down, but ultimately lead to a punt. As the first quarter wound to a close, the Bucs defense again held their ground against San Francisco with a big third-and-short tackle.
Nice tackle by— Greg Auman (@gregauman) December 15, 2013
Mark Barronto bring Vernon Davis down two yards short of first down on third-and-7 grab.
San Francisco started from their own 44 on the next possession. They would travel into the Bucs’ red zone and face third down. The defense again would stand with a huge play by Pro Bowl contender
Glennon sacked by Justin Smith back at the 8 yard line. Loss of 12. #Bucs go 3 and out...again— WDAE 620 AM/95.3 FM (@620wdae) December 15, 2013
Gerald McCoy with the sack to stop the 49ers in the red zone! His eighth on the year!— Sander Philipse (@Bucs_Nation) December 15, 2013
As the second quarter clock fell to two minutes, San Francisco held the ball, facing a first-and-10 from their 48-yard line.
Lavonte David flushed Kap right into a waiting McCoy. Niners still get three after a 47-yard FG. 10-0 Niners.— Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) December 15, 2013
On the first play out of the break, the 49ers would strike again. This time on a 52-yard bomb from Kaepernick to TE Vernon Davis. Users call the catch and a momentarily scary scene at the end of it all.
2 Minute Warning here in Tampa, 49ers lead the Bucs, 10-0. #SFvsTB— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) December 15, 2013
Colin Kaepernick's 52 yards strike to Vernon Davis couldn't gave been thrown better. Hit him in stride. 17-0 SF— Kevin ODonnell Fox13 (@ODonnellFox13) December 15, 2013
Vernon Davis: 5th straight game with TD catch, 1st 49ers player with a streak that long since @terrellowens in 2001 (5 straight)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 15, 2013
Vernon Davis 52-yard TD pass from Kaepernick...crashed into the end zone wall. Little slow to get up...— JennaLaineBucs (@JennaLaineBucs) December 15, 2013
Kickoff. Touchback. #Bucs at their own 20 woth 1:47 left before halftime— WDAE 620 AM/95.3 FM (@620wdae) December 15, 2013
A draw and two completions. Bucs are at 47 yard line. 59 seconds left.— Rick Brown (@LedgeronBucs) December 15, 2013
Bucs moving the ball well in two-minute offense -- out to their 47 with 0:59 left on three quick passes.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) December 15, 2013
TE Tim Wright would haul in a catch from QB
Glennon Wright for 26 yards. 1st down for the #Bucs at SF 27. Timeout Bucs with 47 seconds left— WDAE 620 AM/95.3 FM (@620wdae) December 15, 2013
Solid 2:00 for Glennon. Throws a dart to Vincent Jackson for an 11-yard touchdown pass, capping off an 80-yard drive. 49ers still lead 17-7.— JennaLaineBucs (@JennaLaineBucs) December 15, 2013
@TBBuccaneers, the official Twitter of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers shares the outlook at the half.
Very good work by Bucs QB Mike Glennon in two-minute drill. Took what defense gave him, very accurate throws— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) December 15, 2013
Bucs LB Lavonte David has a wild bobbling INT (eventually returned for a TD), but it's coming back on an offsides penalty.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) December 15, 2013
Lavonte David interception is negated due to an offsides call on McCoy. David was shaken up on the play.— Pewter Report (@PewterReport) December 15, 2013
That one won't show up in Lavonte David's season stats, but it might have been his most ridiculous play of the season yet.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) December 15, 2013
The Buccaneers would get the ball back via punt, before having to punt it back themselves. After a few plays with David still on the sidelines, Buccaneers fans collectively breathed a sigh of relief as the linebacker put his helmet one. Jenna Laine shares:
David was shaken up on the play...He's walking off under his own power #Bucs— Tom Krasniqi (@TKras) December 15, 2013
The 49ers would string together a drive, but more big plays and solid hits by the Buccaneers defense would force a Phil Dawson field goal attempt.
Bucs LB Lavonte David is back out on the field... #SFvsTB— JennaLaineBucs (@JennaLaineBucs) December 15, 2013
And is immediately forced to update himself as Glennon finds a wide-open Tim Wright in the end zone.
Mike Glennon is 7-for-8 for 65 yards on this critical drive. Ball at the Niners' 24 as the 4th quarter begins.— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) December 15, 2013
And now he's 8-9 for 89 yards after that 24-yard TD pass to Tim Wright. We've got a ball-game here folks!— Scott Smith (@ScottSBucs) December 15, 2013
TOUCHDOWN BUCCANEERS!!! Mike Glennon hits Tim Wright for the Bucs touchdown! #SFvsTB— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) December 15, 2013
The Bucs defense would face some bad news on the next series. ESPN’s John Clayton updates:
Bucs make very good use of quick short passes before throwing down field for 24-yard TD pass to TE Tim Wright. SF 20-14 with 14:54 left— Roy Cummings (@RCummingsTBO) December 15, 2013
As he had previously in the game, Kaepernick led the 49ers offense making incredible plays with his legs. To begin the fourth quarter, Kaepernick sustained a long drive with multiple scrambles keeping his team on the field. Once rolling out and finding time before hitting Crabtree, and again with a 10-yard third-down run.
Mark Barron of Bucs has a hamstring injury. return is questionable.— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) December 15, 2013
On third-and-goal from the five, Kaepernick couldn’t find the magic again, hitting his tight end who was immediately tackled by LB
Kaepernick escapes a sack and runs for the first down. 49ers have it at the Bucs' 19.— Pewter Report (@PewterReport) December 15, 2013
Trying to catch up, the Buccaneers would fall incomplete on fourth down.
Then there's this. Touchdown 49ers, after Bucs try a lateral on kickoff return, fumble it, and Kendall Hunter lands on it. Now 30-14, 49ers.— Greg Auman (@gregauman) December 15, 2013
San Francisco added three more to their lead as the clock clicked toward zero.
The Bucs turn the ball over on downs. Niners have it at Tampa Bay's 26-yard-line.— Pewter Report (@PewterReport) December 15, 2013
A tipped pass resulting in an interception would end the next Bucs drive and the 49ers would take a knee, ending the game.
SF 33, TB 14 - 2:49 to play Dawson hits his 4th FG of the game DRIVE: 4 plays, 9 yds, 0:55 #SFvsTB— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) December 15, 2013