San Francisco 49ers tight end Delanie Walker, right, runs with the ball for a touchdown on a 26-yard pass as Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib (25) pursues during the first quarter of an NFL football game in San Francisco, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

49ers vs. Buccaneers: San Francisco Takes Tampa Bay to the Woodshed, 48-3

The west coast demons bite the Bucs again as turnovers and lack of passion lead to an embarrassing performance in San Francisco.

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49ers vs. Buccaneers: San Francisco Takes Tampa Bay to the Woodshed, 48-3

The San Francisco 49ers obliterated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by the count of 48-3. Tampa Bay simply had nothing for the Niners, who improved to 4-1 for the first time since 2002.

The Bucs had their three game streak snapped and saw injuries to key players Gerald McCoy and LeGarrette Blount. Blount took a shot on his knee while being tackled in the third quarter. McCoy may be more serious as he left in the 2nd quarter with an ankle injury.

Without McCoy, the Niners were able to get Frank Gore and their running game going. Gore went for 125 yards on 20 carries and a touchdown. As a team the Niners rolled up 216 yards on the ground.

Much maligned San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith outplayed Josh Freeman, completing 11 of 19 for 170 yards and three scores.

Josh Freeman looked like a rookie today, completing just 17 of 33 for 187 yards. His two interceptions turned into 14 Forty-Niner points and his receivers dropped too many passes.

The Niners would finish with 421 total yards to Tampa Bay’s 272.

It was a complete and utter whiff for the Bucs this week. They were outplayed in every facet of the football game, out-coached, and out-willed.

The Bucs (3-2) won’t have a lot of time to wallow in their misery as the division leading New Orleans Saints invade Raymond James Stadium.


49ers vs. Buccaneers: Bucs Losing Their Composure as Niners Pour it On At the End of the Third Quarter, 34-3

The San Francisco 49ers are pouring it on, up 34-3 on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

On the Niners’ latest scoring drive, Tampa Bay was flagged for two personal fouls, one on the head coach, as the Bucs are losing their composure.

Tampa Bay’s defensive backs are struggling as well, dropping two easy interceptions and allowing Vernon Davis to beat them for a 23 yard touchdown.

A Mike Williams fumble has the Niners in scoring position once again at the end of the third quarter.


49ers vs. Buccaneers: San Francisco Dominates Tampa Bay in First Half, Lead 24-3

The Monday Night Hangover has bitten the Bucs hard as the San Francisco 49ers have built a 24-3 half-time lead.

Bucs QB Josh Freeman is struggling, completing just 10 of 22 passes for 108 yards and 2 interceptions. He was lucky to not have two more picks as he continued to try to force passes into double coverage.

He’s not getting any help from his receivers, who’ve dropped several passes.

Meanwhile, without Gerald McCoy (who left the game with an injury to his ankle), the 49ers have been carving up the Bucs’ defense. Frank Gore has 59 yards rushing and a touchdown while Alex Smith has been efficient, completing 6-for-10 for 92 yards and a score.

San Francisco has the advantage in yardage 174 to 145 but the story of the game has been the turnovers.

Carlos Rogers’ pick six got the Niners rolling to a 14-3 advantage, then another interception by Chris Culliver gave San Francisco excellent field position.

Frank Gore would add to the lead five plays later.

A Ted Ginn, Jr. return would set up another 49ers field goal.

Josh Freeman does have 8 come from behind victories in his short NFL career, but a 21 point deficit might be a tall challenge.


49ers vs. Buccaneers: Freeman Throws Another Pick, Niners Add to Their Lead, 21-3

We expected the Bucs to be a little flat coming off Monday Night Football but the Niners are taking Tampa Bay to the woodshed, they lead the Bucs 21-3 with 7:56 to go in the first half.

Freeman has thrown into double coverage twice and it’s cost him. Carlos Rogers intercepted Freeman for a pick six, then on the next drive Chris Culliver took a Freeman pass away from intended receiver Michael Spurlock.

The Niners would drive 57 yards in 5 plays and Frank Gore would plunge in from the 2 yd line.

Injury Update: Gerald McCoy has an ankle injury, his return is questionable.


49ers vs. Buccaneers: Niners Jump on Slumbering Bucs Defense, Lead 14-3 early in the 2nd Quarter

The San Francisco 49ers are off to a terrific start as their quarterback Alex Smith is hotter than a match, hitting Delanie Walker on 26 yard score to give the Niners an early lead.

Freeman and the Bucs would answer with a 13 play 74 yard drive that would stall and the Bucs had to settle for a 24 yard field goal to pull within 7-3.

The Niners marched right back down the field but with 0:12 seconds left in the first quarter, Frank Gore fumbled at the Bucs’ 11 yard line, which was recovered by Tampa Bay’s Mason Foster.

On the first play of the second quarter, Carlos Rogers intercepted Freeman and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown.

San Francisco lead 14 -3 with 14:39 left in the first half.

Injury note: Gerald McCoy was carted to the locker room with what is believe to be a leg injury.

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