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Lookahead: Bucs vs. 49ers


Published:   |   Updated: December 11, 2013 at 06:56 AM

Riding a three-game home winning streak, the Bucs face the surging San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at sold-out Raymond James Stadium. Here’s a look at the matchup:

RECORDS: 49ers 9-4, Bucs 4-9

REGULAR-SEASON SERIES: 49ers lead 16-4

BUCS HOME RECORD vs. 49ERS: 2-4

LAST MEETING: Early in the 2011 season, the Bucs ventured out to Candlestick Park and departed with a 48-3 loss, matching the most lopsided setback in franchise history. Alex Smith threw three TD passes, including two to TE Vernon Davis, and Carlos Rogers returned a Josh Freeman interception 31 yards for another score as the 49ers avenged a 21-0 home loss to the Bucs the previous season. “They were really frustrated,’’ Davis said of the visitors. “I felt like they gave up.’’ Safety Dashon Goldson, who now plays for Tampa Bay, made a key block on Rogers’ return and forced a fumble against Bucs WR Mike Williams.

NEED TO KNOW: Tampa Bay has won four of five after an 0-8 start and Sunday’s home finale has been declared a complete sellout. The Bucs lead the NFL with 21 interceptions and 29 takeaways, but rookie QB Mike Glennon has struggled in recent weeks. WR Vincent Jackson has topped the 1,000-yard mark in each of his two seasons with Tampa Bay, and OLB Lavonte David is making a powerful case for the Pro Bowl.

The 49ers have overcome a midseason lull to reel off three consecutive wins, including a confidence-building 19-17 victory against Seattle last week. WR Michael Crabtree has returned, giving QB Colin Kaepernick another dangerous weapon to go along with Davis and veteran Anquan Boldin. Frank Gore is one of the NFL’s most physical backs and a fast, aggressive linebacker corps anchors the league’s No. 4 defense.

Statistical comparison

CATEGORY Bucs 49ers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Points Scored 30th (18.8 ppg) t11th (24.3 ppg)

Points Allowed t11th (22.4 ppg) 3rd (16.5 ppg)

Sacks t18th (31.0) t16th (32.0)

Sacks Allowed t16th (34.0) t11th (32.0)

Turnover Margin 2nd (+13) t9th (+6)

Team Leaders

Rushing Yards Doug Martin (456) Frank Gore (931)

Passer Rating Mike Glennon (86.4) Colin Kaepernick (87.0)

Receptions Vincent Jackson (64) Anquan Boldin (67)

Receiving Yards Vincent Jackson (1,033) Anquan Boldin (915)

Sacks Gerald McCoy (7.0) Ahmad Brooks (8.5)

Interceptions Lavonte David (5) Tramaine Brock (4)

Ira Kaufman

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