The Buccaneers traveled out west, and struck gold as they soundly defeated the San Francisco 49ers 21-0 behind the play of its defense. The defense held the 49ers offense to 219 yards. But more importantly they accounted for six sacks, two turnovers (1 interception & 1 forced fumble) while surrendering 71 rushing yards (Gore 12 carries for 23 yards). Rookie Gerald McCoy got his first full sack as he split sacks with Al Woods, another rookie and DE Stylez White. Ronde Barber recorded his franchise leading 40th interception of his career and the Bucs held the 49ers to 3-of-12 on third down.
Defensive line – An embattled group for much of the season the front four rose to the occasion and accounted for 14 tackles, 5 sacks and 1 tackle for loss while stopping the 49ers on three fourth down tries and as mentioned above only allowed the 49ers to convert 3-of-12 third downs.
Josh Freeman – Another week and yet, another efficient performance by Freechise. Freeman completed 13-0f-20 attempts for 136-yards and 2 touchdowns, for a quarterback rating of 117.9 and a 65% completion percentage. It’s the third game in a row he has tossed at least two touchdown and fifth of the season.
Greg Olson – Two weeks in a row now Olson has had an impeccable game plan that utilized and featured his player strengths. The offense has accounted for seven touchdowns over that span and the team is averaging 27.8 points over its last four contests.
Ronde Barber – When you lead the franchise in interceptions and continue to perform at a superb level after 14 seasons, while leading the NFL in games started by a cornerback, then you deserve to have you name in lights.
The Team – Seeing as football is the ultimate team sport. This win should be celebrated by the entire team. From its players, to the coaches to the owners all the way to the grounds keepers and parking lot attendants. As this was truly a team win in every since of the word.
Connor Barth – After a masterful start to the season, Barth has charted some rough waters of late. He started the regular season hitting 6-of-6, dating back to the preseason he was 11-of-11, but since week six he has connected on 6-of-10 attempts.