The Tampa Bay Buccaneers dominated the San Francisco 49ers en route to a 21-0 shutout win today. The Bucs defense completely shut down the 49ers, forcing two turnovers and keeping new quarterback Troy Smith in check all day. It was a workman-like effort from Tampa Bay, who ground out a win with the power running game and timely passing from quarterback Josh Freeman.
Freeman had an efficient day, completing 13 of 20 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns. LaGarrette Blount got plenty of work at running back, carrying the ball 26 times for 82 yards. Cadillac Williams added 51 yards and a touchdown spelling Blount. Mike Williams led all receivers with 54 yards and a touchdown on the day.
Smith had a tough day, completing just under 50 percent of his passes for 148 yards and an interception. Frank Gore was near non-existent for the Niners, carrying the ball 12 times for just 23 yards. Smith led the team with five carries for 45 yards. Josh Morgan caught four passes for 51 yards.
San Francisco falls to 3-7 on the year, tied with the Arizona Cardinals for last place in the NFC West. The Bucs improved to 7-3 with the win. San Francisco heads to Arizona for a divisional clash against the Cardinals next Sunday while the Bucs take on the Ravens in Baltimore.