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Stat Shots: Bucs-49ers

Posted Dec 16, 2013

A closer look inside the statistics from Tampa Bay's game against San Francisco on Sunday, including the sack that put Gerald McCoy among some memorable names in franchise history

  • Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David and Adrian Clayborn is the most productive QB sack trio for Tampa Bay in years
  • TE Tim Wright accomplished something Sunday no Buccaneer rookie tight end has done before
  • Two long third-down conversion by San Francisco Sunday were not only damaging, but rare
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 33-14, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Sunday, a contest that included Gerald McCoy's eighth sack of the season and another two-TD game for rookie QB Mike Glennon.  Here are some of the more notable statistics and milestones from Sunday's game:

DT Gerald McCoy recorded his team-leading eighth sack of the season against QB Colin Kaepernick in the second quarter Sunday.  By doing so, he became just the fourth defensive tackle in Buccaneers franchise history to get at least eight QB takedowns in a single season, joining Warren Sapp, Santana Dotson and Brad Culpepper.  Sapp, unsurprisingly, surpassed that mark four times, while Culpepper did it twice.  Here are the top 10 sack seasons by a defensive tackle in franchise annals:




1. Warren Sapp



2. Warren Sapp



3. Warren Sapp



4. Santana Dotson



5t. Brad Culpepper



5t. Warren Sapp



7. Brad Culpepper



8. Gerald McCoy



9. Warren Sapp



10. Warren Sapp



  • McCoy also now ranks fifth in team history in career sacks by a defensive tackle, and he needs just four more to move into fourth place.  Here are the top five:



1. Warren Sapp


2. Brad Culpepper


3. Santana Dotson


4. Anthony McFarland


5. Gerald McCoy


  • DE Adrian Clayborn also registered a sack on Sunday, giving him 5.0 on the season.  In addition to Clayborn and McCoy, LB Lavonte David also has six sacks this season.  That marks the first time since 2008 that three different Buccaneer defenders have recorded at least five sacks; that trio consisted of Gaines Adams (6.5), Greg (not yet Stylez G.) White (5.0) and Jimmy Wilkerson (5.0).  McCoy, Clayborn and White have combined for 19.0 sacks, the most by a Buc trio since White, Adams and Jovan Haye combined for 20.0 in 2007.
-- The Bucs sacked QB Colin Kaepernick twice but also saw him successfully extend drives on third down
  • QB Mike Glennon tossed two more touchdown passes on Sunday to extend the Buccaneer rookie record he set earlier in the year.  He has thrown for two touchdowns in seven of his 11 starts; all the other rookie QBs in franchise history have done that 12 times combined.  Glennon now has 17 scoring throws in 11 games and with three more in the final two weeks would reach 20 to double the previous record.  Here are the top five rookie passing touchdown marks in Buccaneer history:



1. Mike Glennon, 2013


2. Josh Freeman, 2009


3. Bruce Gradkowski, 2006


4t. Shaun King, 1999


4t. Doug Williams, 1978


  • One of Glennon's two touchdowns went to Tim Wright, giving the rookie tight end four scores on the season.  Wright has now scored more touchdowns than any other rookie tight end in team history, surpassing the three that Calvin Magee posted in 1985.
  • The other Glennon TD throw went to Vincent Jackson, who leads the team with seven.  Jackson caught five passes for 58 yards against Buffalo to give him 1,091 on the season.  In the process, he passed Keyshawn Johnson's 2002 campaign on the Buccaneers' top 10 single-season receiving yardage list.  Last year, Jackson recorded the second-highest total on that list with 1,384.  Jackson joins Johnson as the only two players to have two of the top 10 receiving yardage seasons in team history, as seen in the chart below.  Jackson's total through 14 games projects to 1,246 over the course of a full season, which would be the sixth-highest mark in team history.  If Jackson can bump that average up just a bit, he could pass Antonio Bryant's 1,248-yard campaign in 2008 and be the only player to put two seasons into the Bucs' top five.

Player, Season


1. WR Mark Carrier, 1989


2. WR Vincent Jackson, 2012


3. WR Joey Galloway, 2005


4. WR Keyshawn Johnson, 2001


5. WR Antonio Bryant, 2008


6. WR Michael Clayton, 2004


7. WR Kevin House, 1981


8. WR Keenan McCardell, 2003


9. WR Vincent Jackson, 2013


10. WR Keyshawn Johnson, 2002


  • The Buccaneers turned the ball over twice against San Francisco, but the team still sports a 11 turnover ratio on the season, tied for third in the NFL in that category.  Sunday's game marked just the second time all season that the Buccaneers have lost the turnover battle in a single game; they committed one giveaway and had no takeaways in the Week Eight loss to Carolina.  If the Buccaneers can maintain their current turnover differential, or something close to it, for two more games, they will finish at 10 or better for just the sixth time in team annals.  The other five instances all occurred in playoff seasons for the Buccaneers.  Below are the six best season turnover differentials in franchise history:


Turnover Ratio

W-L Record
















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* Through 14 games
  • Though neither are listed as starters on Tampa Bay's depth chart, TE Kyle Adams and FB Spencer Larsen both opened Sunday's game against the 49ers.  The Bucs used a specific package on their first play from scrimmage that featured just one wide receiver, with Adams and Larsen both in as tight ends rather than starter Tim Wright.  That marked the first start as a Buccaneer for both players, neither of whom was on the roster on opening day; Adams had previously started two games for the Chicago Bears and Larsen 16 games for the Denver Broncos.  Adams and Larsen are the 26th and 27th different players to start a game for the Buccaneers on offense this season; 12 of those 27 made their first starts for Tampa Bay this season.  Overall, Tampa Bay has used 32 different players on offense this season, which is tied for the second-highest total in the league with Cleveland and Jacksonville.  Indianapolis, at 35, has used the most.
  • While Kaepernick's 52-yard touchdown pass to TE Vernon Davis in the second quarter was the longest play of the game, but perhaps the two most damaging snaps to the Bucs' chances of winning were a pair of long third-down conversions.  The first, a 25-yard catch-and-run by WR Anquan Boldin in the second quarter, converted a third-and-15 and kept alive a six-minute drive that ended in a 49ers field goal to make it 10-0.  The second, a scrambling 14-yard pass down the sideline by Kaepernick to WR Michael Crabtree, converted a third-and-12 and kept alive a drive that ate 10:27 off the clock in the fourth quarter and ended in another field goal.  Those two plays contributed heavily to the 49ers' ability to hold the ball for 39:50 of the game's 60 minutes.  That's the most lopsided time of possession the Buccaneers have faced in a game since Sept. 27, 2009 against the New York Giants (43:38) and the 12th highest total by a Tampa Bay opponent since 1980.  Those two long third-down conversions were not only painful but relatively rare.  Opponents converted only four third downs of more than 10 yards against Tampa Bay in the first 13 games of the season combined.  The last time the Bucs allowed two conversion of 10 yards in the same game was last Dec. 9 against Philadelphia.
  • The lack of takeaways on defense – by a team that had taken it away 15 times over the previous four games – also contributed to the difference in time of possession, and it kept the Buccaneers at a field-position disadvantage for much of the afternoon.  In fact, the Bucs didn't start a single drive further down the field than their own 30 in the entire game.  The last time Tampa Bay played an entire game without starting a drive at a spot better than their own 30 was almost exactly two years earlier, on Dec. 17, 2011.  That game against Dallas ended in a 31-15 score, a near match for Sunday's 33-14 loss.
  • Tampa Bay's kick coverage team held the 49ers to 29 yards on two kickoff returns on Sunday, an average of 14.5 per runback.  On the season, Buccaneer foes are averaging just 18.7 yards per return, the lowest total in the NFL.  If maintained, that would be the fifth-best season-ending mark in franchise history behind the Buc teams of 1999 (17.6), 1993 (17.8), 2006 (18.4) and 1995 (18.6). The last Buc team to hold opponents below 20 yards per kickoff return for an entire season was the 2009 squad (19.1).