49ers bounce Bucs, close-in on playoff birth
Crabtree finds the endzone for first time
After forcing a three-and-out to start the contest, the 49ers scored a touchdown on their first drive. Michael Crabtree caught a four yard pass from Colin Kaepernick and in the process became just the third pass-catcher to hook up with Kaepernick this season.
Vernon catches a bomb, 49ers on their way
A Phil Dawson field goal pushed the 49ers lead to 10-0, then another defensive stop set up their next strike. Vernon Davis broke open deep off of a play-action and caught a 52-yard bomb from Kaepernick.
Bucs answer back before the half
Mike Glennon answered on the Buccaneers next drive, darting an 11-yard touchdown pass into tight coverage and the grasp of Vincent Jackson with 29 seconds remaining in the half. The Bucs would trail 17-7 at halftime.
Wild play nullified
On the opening drive of the second half, Kaepernick was intercepted on a wild and impressive play by Lavonte David. David stripped Vernon Davis of the ball,bobbled it, secured it, began to celebrate then realized he was not ruled down and continued to run for a touchdown. The play, however was nullified by an offside penalty. San Francisco kept possession but punted on the drive.
Glennon makes it interesting
Phil Dawson kicked his second successful field goal before Mike Glennon answered back with a 24-yard lob to tight-end Timothy Wright. Wright slipped behind the defense and caught the pass easily to cut the lead to 20-14 on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Crabtree loses temper, offense recovers
After Kaepernick missed Michael Crabtree on a deep, wide-open route that would have have likely been a score if accurate, Crabtree angrily launched the football back over the offense's heads. The odd outburst cost the 49ers 15 yards but the offense recovered and cashed in with another Dawson field goal.
Gore breaks 1,000 yard mark
During the drive, Frank Gore ran for five yards and surpassed the 1,000 yard mark for the seventh time in his nine-year career. Gore has the most career rushing yards of any 49er in team history with 9,856.
Hunter scoops and scores, puts nail in coffin
On the ensuing kickoff, Tampa Bay tried a reverse handoff return and botched the exchange miserably. The football kicked out near the endzone where it was recovered by Kendall Hunter who dove in for a touchdown, effectively sealing the game at 30-14. San Francisco would add another field goal to pad the lead to 33-14, where it would stand and give the 49ers a 10-4 record.