49ers roll over against Buccaneers; Five takeaways from #TBvsSF
Restart of CMC’s touchdown scoring streak
Running back Christian McCaffrey’s 17-game scoring streak ended in Week 10 after he didn’t reach the end zone in Jacksonville. On Sunday, the seventh-year pro resumed the streak by receiving a four-yard receiving touchdown in the first quarter to give San Francisco the early advantage. McCaffrey broke through the offensive line to get open on the right side and wander into the end zone. He had 14 carries for 59 yards on the ground as well as five catches for 25 yards and a touchdown through the air.
Creating a takeaway problem for Tampa Bay
The 49ers’ pass rush continued to operate at full speed for the second straight week, producing two sacks and a turnover in the first half. Linebacker Fred Warner and defensive lineman Nick Bosa went home on Tampa Bay’s second offensive possession. Midway through a sack of Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield, Warner forced a fumble and defensive lineman Clellen Ferrell came up in the clutch with a fumble recovery. The 49ers went on to nail a 37-yard field goal on the ensuing possession to take a 10-0 lead with 7:21 remaining in the second quarter.
The 49ers’ second sack came on the Buccaneers’ final offensive series of the first half. Defensive lineman Arik Armstead sacked Mayfield for an eight-yard loss to force Tampa Bay into a second-and-long situation. In the final minutes of the fourth quarter, rookie kicker Jair Brown intercepted Mayfield in the end zone during Tampa Bay’s second-to-last offensive series of the game.
“To talk about the way Guyer played today and preparing for this moment, I can’t say enough about that,” Warner said. “That’s huge. Even though we were ahead in the game, for us to be out there in the red zone and make the plays that he made to help us get out of there speaks to the way he worked and prepared for his opportunity.”
The rookie kicker posted his third straight perfect day in Week 11. The third-round pick went two-for-two on 37-yard and 28-yard field goal attempts in the first half and hit all three of his points against the Buccaneers.
New career – the best for Brooke Purdy
Purdy topped his previous career touchdown pass (66 yards) in Week 10 versus the Jacksonville Jaguars with a 76-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk on the first offensive series of the third quarter. With time in his pocket, Purdy dropped a dime to No. 11 who was one-on-one with Buccaneers corner Jamal Dean. Aiyuk caught the pass near the Tampa Bay 40-yard line and went untouched into the end zone.
Just like the 49ers’ second-half, 75-yard scoring drive against the Jaguars, this three-play, 98-yard scoring drive also sparked a 49ers offense that went on to score again on a three-yard strike to George Kittle in the back of the end zone . Purdy finished the day connecting 21 of 25 passes for 333 yards, three touchdowns and a passer rating of 158.3, the highest mark possible.
“What an honor, but at the same time, there are still some plays I wish I had back,” Purdy said when asked to rate the perfect pass. “I’m not completely satisfied with it, but I think it was a great game with the guys around me, training, playing, all of that. That’s a testament to the team.”
Aiyuk finished Week 11 as Purdy’s top target making five catches for 156 yards for a touchdown.
Safety Talanoa Hufanga suffered a knee injury midway through the third quarter of Sunday’s game. The injury appeared to be due to a non-contact and occurred while he was trying to stop a Buccaneers pass near the right sideline. Hufanga was taken to the locker room and eliminated from the contest shortly after. Head coach Kyle Shanahan indicated that the third-year pro will undergo further evaluation on Monday for a possible anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Rookie Ji’Ayir Brown tackled and played alongside Tashaun Gipson Sr. On the backend for the remainder of the match. During the fourth quarter, he caught a pass breakup on a fourth-down attempt by Tampa Bay, and on the Buccaneers’ next possession he intercepted Mayfield in the end zone.
“I thought (Gier) did a great job,” Shanahan said. “To lose a guy like Huff in a game, and for him to come in and make a big run, make two big plays. The pick was huge. Then, the fourth where you get the all-out offense, and they’re just throwing it’s over… it’s very hard not to get the PI. For To him, he couldn’t get the PI, come back, and from what I saw, it looked like he knocked him down. That was a great play.”