Week 8 Game Recap: Tampa Bay Buccaneers 10, San Francisco 49ers 15
What you need to know
The Buccaneers entered their week eight contest against the 49ers coming off of a much needed bye week, and welcomed the return of injured rookie RB Carnell Williams to the lineup. This game would also be the first start of the season for young QB Chris Simms, playing in relief of Brian Griese, who is out for the remainder of the season. Simms, who was pressured constantly by the 49er defense, passed for 264 yards on 21 of 34 passing, but also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble.
The return of Cadillac Williams was not enough to spark the Buccaneers, who looked flat on offense all day. Williams rushed for 20 yards on 13 carries, and 15 of those yards came on one play. He just could not find holes in the 49ersí defensive front, which dominated the line of scrimmage throughout the game. RB Michael Pittman, who filled in nicely during the absence of Williams, was also a non-factor, running four times for five yards.
WR Joey Galloway was once again the bright spot in the passing game for Tampa Bay, as he reeled in eight catches for 149 yards, including a 78 yard touchdown reception. Michael Clayton was second on the club with four catches on the day for 30 yards.
K Matt Bryant connected on one of two field goal attempts, hitting from 47 yards out in the first quarter, and coming up short on a 52 yard attempt in the fourth.
The Buccaneers defense was without DE Simeon Rice, who was sent home before the game for an apparent violation of team rules.
The 49ers earned their second win of the season with a solid running game, mistake-free offense, brilliant defensive play, and a five field goal game by their kicker.
RB Kevan Barlow led the way offensively for San Francisco, rushing for 101 yards on 26 carries, and his effort helped keep some of the pressure off of QB Ken Dorsey, who made his first start of the year filling in for injured rookie QB Alex Smith.
Dorsey threw for a mere 40 yards on seven of 18 passing before leaving with a sprained ankle, and was unimpressive in the passing game. He was relieved by former fourth string QB Cody Pickett, who filled in admirably in the last 11 minutes of the game, and who had been contributing on special teams. Pickett led the club on a 42 yard drive that led to K Joe Nedneyís last field goal, and helped seal the victory. He finished the game one of one passing for ten yards, and had two rushes for 12 yards.
With the sub par play of the 49ersí quarterbacks and the lack of a threat they gave the Buccaneers in the passing game, the San Francisco receiversí numbers were nothing to write home about. RB Kevan Barlow led the club with 21 yards receiving on two catches, and WR Brandon Lloyd totaled 18 yards on two receptions.
K Joe Nedney played a huge part in helping the 49ers come away with the win, connecting on five of six field goals for the game, including a 29 yarder that put a nail in the Tampa Bay coffin late in the fourth quarter.
What you ought to know
|QB Chris Simms, Pass: 21 - 34 - 264 - 1 TD / 2 INT, Rush: 3 - 18 - 0|
Simms finished the game with 264 yards through the air, but faced pressure by the 49ersí defense all game long. As a result, he under threw receivers on numerous occasions and made some bad decisions as well. He was sacked five times, threw two interceptions and lost a fumble. Some of that came as a result of poor play by his offensive line, which was beaten badly in the trenches by the 49ersí defensive front. Simms did connect on a 78 yard touchdown pass to WR Joey Galloway, but Galloway accounted for about 73 yards of the play by himself.
Williams rushed for only 20 yards on 13 carries in his first game back from injury. While his foot seemed to be ok, it was tough to tell whether or not his struggles were a result of him not being completely healthy or poor offensive line play, but he could not get to the second level all game long.
Pittman was not a factor in the game, finishing with five yards on four carries.
Alstott had three receptions for 24 yards, but was not used in the running game at all.
Galloway continued to lead the way for the Tampa Bay receivers, with eight catches for 149 yards, including a 78 yard touchdown catch. He showed he still has the explosiveness and speed that has always made him a threat, when he took the short five yard hitch pass from Simms, and burned the 49ersí defense for the long score. Five of his catches for the game were for first downs and he led the Bucs receivers with 13 targets.
Clayton had four catches for 30 yards, and all but one of his receptions came on short pass plays.
Hilliard finished with one catch for seven yards.
Shepherd caught the only ball thrown his way for a three yard gain.
Smith had two receptions for 43 yards, with both of them resulting in first downs.
Bryant hit a field goal from 47 yards and connected on his only extra point attempt, but missed a 52 yard attempt late in the game.
The Buccaneers failed to shut down the only real threat the San Francisco offense had and allowed Kevan Barlow to reach the century mark for the 49ers. LB Derrick Brooks led the Bucs with six tackles and three assists, but their inability to shut the 49ersí running attack down helped keep the pressure off of the struggling San Francisco quarterbacks.
The Buccaneersí defense gave up only 50 yards passing for the game, but the 49ers only attempted 19 passes, completing eight of them. They failed to get pressure on the San Francisco quarterbacks and did not record a sack for the game. But due to the fact they were defending a short field for the majority of the game, combined with the 49ersí tentative passing attack, the passing numbers were limited.
|QB Ken Dorsey, Pass: 7 - 18 - 40 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 1 - 5 - 0|
Dorsey finished with only 40 yards passing and left late in the game with a sprained ankle. He threw only 18 passes, completing seven of them, but most importantly, did not make any big mistakes that could have cost the 49ers and turned the game around.
|QB Cody Pickett, Pass: 1 - 1 - 10 - 0 TD / 0 INT, Rush: 2 - 12 - 0|
Pickett relieved Dorsey late in the game, and completed his only pass for ten yards and had 12 yards rushing. He led the team on a 42 yard drive that led to a Nedney field goal, and helped the 49ers seal the win.
|RB Kevan Barlow, Rush: 26 - 101 - 0, Rec: 2 - 21 - 0 (3 targets)|
Barlow ran for 101 yards on 26 carries and caught two passes for 21 yards. His ability to find holes in the Tampa Bay defense helped relieve some of the pressure the Buccaneers hoped to put on the 49er quarterbacks, and also helped San Francisco sneak in a score right before half with a 29 yard run to get them in field goal range.
|RB Frank Gore, Rush: 10 - 40 - 0, Rec: 1 - -7 - 0 (1 targets)|
Gore rushed for 40 yards on ten carries as he ran hard filling in for Barlow in spot duty.
Jackson caught one pass for six yards.
Lloyd was targeted six times, but finished with only two receptions for 18 yards. His numbers were definitely affected by shaky quarterback play and the 49ers hesitancy to throw the ball.
Morton was not a big factor in the game, catching only one pass for seven yards.
Bajema finished with one catch for five yards on the only ball thrown his way.
Nedney came through for the 49ers, hitting five field goals from distances of 45, 47, 41, 46 and a 28 yarder late in the game that helped seal the deal for San Francisco. He did miss on a 39 yard attempt, but with the 49ersí win, that miss will surely be forgiven.
The 49ers held Tampa Bay to only 43 yards on 20 attempts, and forced the Buccaneers to try to beat them through the air, which they could not do. Carnell Williams was limited to 20 yards on 13 carries and Michael Pittman was a non factor. LB Derek Smith led the club with five tackles and one assist, but the San Francisco defense as a whole contributed in shutting down the Tampa rushing attack.
The San Francisco defensive unit played admirably and put pressure on the Buccaneers and QB Chris Simms all game long. Their front four beat the Tampa Bay offensive line time and time again, forcing the Buccaneers to turn the ball over three times and sacking Simms five times for the game. They did give up a long touchdown pass to WR Joey Galloway, missing a tackle on the speedy wideout, and allowing him to sprint down the sidelines for the score. That was the only time the Buccaneers were able to get anything going in the passing game, despite 34 pass attempts from the Tampa Bay offense.