49ers sloppy play on both sides of the ball lead to rough road defeat in week 12.


Game Summary:


The visiting 49ers went into Tampa Bay looking to avenge the late defeat that they endured in their last game versus the New York Giants. The offense came out pretty flat in the first quarter, starting with three and outs in consecutive drives. The Buccaneers struck first, as they marched smoothly down the field on their second possession. Jameis Winston hit receiver Mike Evans for a 42-yard reception that could’ve went for a touchdown, but was pushed out of bounds. Tampa ended up scoring three plays later when Winston threw a crisp pass to Cameron Brate in the back of the endzone. San Francisco produced a solid drive in the second quarter, which was mainly led by running back Matt Breida, who attacked the defense effectively on both pass and running plays. The 49ers were able to finish the drive off with a 13-yard touchdown reception by rookie wide receiver Dante Pettis, but in 2018 49ers fashion, the extra point attempt was unsuccessful by Robbie Gould. The Buccaneers were able to respond with two straight field goals to go into the locker rooms at halftime with a 13-6 lead. The 49ers came out on their first drive of the second half looking sharp, quarterback Nick Mullens completed big-time passes to Pettis, Breida and Bourne. The Niners promising possession stalled on the goal-line — ending in a 23-yard field goal by Gould. Tampa Bay drove down the field quite effortlessly on two straight touchdown drives — scoring on a two-yard rush by running back Peyton Barber and a 28-yard reception by receiver Adam Humphries, giving Tampa Bay the lead with the final score of 27-9. Even in the loss, there were some positives on the offense — but not nearly enough star-power to compete in this contest. Matt Breida ran the ball very strong throughout the game.  Dante Pettis and Jeff Wilson both flashed with their extended playing time replacing Marquise Goodwin (missed the game with a personal matter) and Alfred Morris (coach’s decision) in the lineup. The defense continued to struggle, especially in the secondary — with a dreadful nonexistent pass rush that gave Jameis Wilson way too much time to scan the field to find open receivers. The 49ers drop to 2-9 and will to look to bounce back as they travel to Century Link Field to battle their divisional foe Seattle Seahawks. Look for them to reach double digits in the L column.


Box Score:

TB 27 – SF 9

Offensive Report:


  • Nick Mullens: 18/32, 221 Yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 62.1 RTG



  • Matt Breida: 14 Car, 106 Yards, 7.6 AVG
  • Jeff Wilson: 7 Car, 33 Yards, 4.7 AVG



  • Dante Pettis: 4 Rec, 77 Yards, 1 TD
  • George Kittle: 6 Rec, 48 Yards
  • Matt Breida: 3 Rec, 34 Yards
  • Kendrick Bourne: 2 Rec, 27 Yards
  • Richie James: 2 Rec, 27 Yards


Defensive Report:

  • Elijah Lee: 7 Total Tackles, 1 TFL
  • Fred Warner: 7 Total Tackles
  • Jaquiski Tartt: 6 Total Tackles, 1 TFL
  • DeForest Buckner: 5 Total Tackles, 1 Sack, 2 TFL


*Stats per ESPN.com*