49ers vs. Buccaneers Preview: The History, Numbers and Connections Behind the Game

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The San Francisco 49ers head into their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers looking for a fourth straight win. A victory combined with a loss by the Arizona Cardinals will increase the 49ers’ chances of clinching a playoff spot.

After a huge win over the Seattle Seahawks the Niners will look to carry that momentum into their Week 15 matchup. Last week, TE Vernon Davis recorded a receiving touchdown for the fourth game in a row and WR Anquan Boldin had a game-high 93 receiving yards.

This week will be a challenge for QB Colin Kaepernick in the passing game as the Bucs defense ranks first in the NFL with 21 interceptions. Tampa Bay’s defense however will leave either Davis, Boldin or WR Michael Crabtree in single coverage on passing plays. This is an area Kaepernick will need exploit .

Last week, RB Frank Gore had the highlight play of the game with his 51-yard run. But the 49ers’ defense was the star of the game holding Seattle’s offense to 264 total net yards and just 86 yards rushing. DT Ray McDonald recorded one sack and LB NaVorro Bowman also had one sack and a forced fumble. This week the 49ers defense should have a repeat performance as they will be able to neutralize Bucs QB Mike Glennon and his offense with their constant pressure.

The History

The Bucs and 49ers first met in 1977, in Tampa Bay’s second season and its first year in the NFC after a planned one-year run in the AFC in 1976. This marks the 22nd meeting between the two franchises and the first in Tampa since 2004. The last four games between the two teams were played in San Francisco. The Niners lead the all-time series against the Buccaneers, 16-5. However, the 49ers are 0-2 at Raymond James Stadium.

In the last game in 2011, the 49ers won by 45 points. The only playoff game between the two teams was in the 2003 Divisional Round. The Niners were crushed 31-6 as Tampa Bay’s QB Brad Johnson threw two touchdown passes and the Bucs’ defense picked off San Francisco QB Jeff Garcia three times.

Matchups: 21

Series Record: 49ers lead series 16-5

49ers Home Record vs. Buccaneers: 49ers lead series 12-2

49ers Away Record vs. Buccaneers: 49ers lead series 4-3

First Meeting: 10/30/77, 49ers won 20-10, at SF

Last Meeting: 10/9/11, 49ers won 48-3, at SF

Current Streak: Won 1

Longest 49ers Win Streak: 9 (12/4/83 – 10/23/94)

Longest Buccaneers Win Streak: 2 (8/31/97 – 1/12/03)

Most 49ers Points: 48 (10/9/11): 49ers won 48-3, at SF

Most Buccaneers Points: 35 (11/21/04): Buccaneers win 35-3, at TB

49ers Shutouts: None

Buccaneers Shutouts: 1 (11/21/10), Buccaneers win 21-0, at SF

Head-to-Head History:

The Numbers

  • 88: At +88, the 49ers have the best first half scoring differential in the NFL by outscoring opponents 181-93 in the first half of games this season.
  • 20: Niners kicker Phil Dawson has made a franchise record 20 straight field goals.
  • 11: The 49ers are 11-0 since 2011 when Frank Gore rushes for 100 or more yards.
  • 9: In two games at Raymond James Stadium, the 49ers have been outscored 9-66.
  • 69: Gore only needs 69 yards for his third straight season with 1,000 rushing yards.
  • 75: Anquan Boldin needs 75 yards to reach 1,000 receiving yards on the season.
  • 14: Against the Bucs, Ahmad Brooks recorded a career-high 14 total tackles during his 1st career start in 2006 as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.
  • 1: In 2011, Colin Kaepernick completed the first regular season completion of his career on an 11-yard pass vs. Tampa Bay.
  • 45: Patrick Willis has 45 tackles, plus 4 sacks, in three games against the Bucs.
  • 0: The Niners are 0-2 against the NFC South this season.
  •  7: San Francisco is 7-0 this season when not throwing an interception.
  • 204: The 49ers defense has allowed just 204.0 net passing yards per game, which ranks 4th in the NFL.
  • 100: Punter Andy Lee kicked his 100th punt inside the 20-yard line against Tampa Bay in 2007.

 2013 Comparison

49ERS (rank)                  BUCCANEERS (rank)

9-4 (2nd NFCW) Record 4-9 (3rd NFCS)

24.3 (t-11th) Points Per Game 18.8 (30th)

311.5 (28th) Total Offense 291.5 (31st)

133.2 (6th) Rushing Offense 110.7 (21st)

178.3 (32nd) Passing Offense 180.8 (31st)

30:10 (16th) Possession Average 30:39 (10th)

16.5 (3rd) Points Allowed Per Game 22.4 (t-11th)

308.0 (4th) Total Defense 342.1 (13th)

104.0 (10th) Rushing Defense 103.7 (9th)

204.0 (4th) Passing Defense 238.4 (17th)

32 (t-16th) Sacks 31 (t-18th)

14 (t-11th) Interceptions 21 (1st)

48.7 (1st) Punting Avg. (Gross) 43.5 (24th)

+6 (t-9th) Turnover Differential +13 (2nd)

The Connections

  • Dashon Goldson played for San Francisco from 2007-2012, earning two Pro Bowl selections. Goldson signed with Tampa Bay in the off-season.
  • Anthony Davis played for Bucs head coach Greg Schiano at Rutgers from 2007-2008.
  • Niners cornerback Eric Wright played for the Buccaneers last season.
  • The 49ers have seven players who were born in Florida.
  • From 2007-2009, Tampa Bay’s fullback Erik Lorig played under Jim Harbaugh at Stanford.
  • Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Owusu also played for Harbaugh at Stanford, from 2008-2010.
  • Former Niners offensive coordinator (2009-2010) Jimmy Raye currently serves as Tampa Bay’s Senior Offensive Assistant.

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