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49ers vs. Buccaneers Film Review: Kaepernick kept plays alive

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Here are some extra notes from the 49ers 33-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

-First off, it wasn't an easy day for Adam Snyder against Gerald McCoy. The Buccaneers' first round draft pick from 2010 has lived up to the hype all season as he controlled the interior of the trench battles. When Jonathan Goodwin double-teamed him in the second half, they were adequate.

-Michael Crabtree had two receptions where he was improvising on the fly, one of which was the first 49ers touchdown. He was supposed to run in one direction, but came back to the right as Colin Kaepernick saw him open. The second one was on third down after he was flagged for throwing the ball after a play where he came back in what was an impromptu curl route. He has made an impact in the passing game as he adjusted to what the coverage of the Buccaneers were doing.

-Speaking of Colin Kaepernick, Jim Harbaugh said on Sunday that he pulled a "Harry Houdini" multiple times when avoiding sacks. As pointed out earlier, there were four third-downs where Kaepernick either scrambled or found a receiver open after a broken play. He found Bruce Miller in the first half and Crabtree in the second half while running away from pressure. On both scrambling first downs, there were multiple missed tackles by the Buccaneers defense.

-Tarell Brown came back for the first time in a month as a nickel cornerback. He played 36 snaps (roughly three-fourths of all defensive plays) as Tampa Bay abandoned the running game. Brown allowed the first Buccaneers touchdown, but had a solid game coming off the bench.

-With sourcing saying that Owen Marecic will not be signed by the 49ers, it appears that Anthony Dixon will be the fullback as Bruce Miller recovers from an injured scapula. Dixon has been listed as the backup FB and would notably get carries when the game was all but decided. Mostly a special teams player, Dixon is in his contract year and this is an opportunity for him to prove his worth.

-This is the second straight game where a tight end has a productive game against the 49ers. Last week, Luke Wilson was the big weapons in the Seahawks passing game. This time, it was Tim Wright who was effective during the no-huddle offense and a coverage error led to the second Buccaneers touchdown. There was miscommunication between Carlos Rogers and Donte Whitner on who would cover Wright which led to him being open.

-It was well-documented how the Buccaneers would be aggressive under Greg Schiano when the opponent is in victory formation in hopes to recover a fumble. Other teams have adjusted their victory formation just to prevent any gaffes from happening. An example earlier this year was when the Philadelphia Eagles had the quarterback take snaps from the shotgun. The 49ers made their adjustment by having Colt McCoy take the final three snaps to prevent any injuries to Colin Kaepernick.

-Apparently color commentator (and former Buccaneers DB) Ronde Barber had trouble knowing the difference between DL William Gholston and S Dashon Goldson as I counted several times he said "Gholston" when referring to the safety. There was also an error when he said that Goldson and Anquan Boldin were former teammates. Boldin of course was traded to San Francisco when Goldson left via free agency.


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