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49ers Defense Shuts Down Josh Freeman, Alex Smith & Frank Gore Efficient In 48-3 Rout

The San Francisco 49ers are on a roll. They broke apart the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with relative ease, dominating on both sides of the ball and tying for the most lopsided result of the season.

Alex Smith didn't have to do much on offense, but he was efficient in moving the ball and keeping the ball in the hands of the offense. Smith completed 11 of 19 passes for 170 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions. Frank Gore piled up 125 rushing yards on 20 carries and had a rushing score. Vernon Davis hauled in two of Smith's touchdown throws, and Delanie Walker started off the scoring with a 26 yard scamper. Josh Morgan had five catches for 75 yards before leaving with an ankle injury.

The 49ers defense was the key to victory. LeGarrette Blount was held to 34 yards on ten carries and only 86 rushing yards overall (3.7 yards per carry). Aldon Smith (with two) and Justin Smith (with one) compiled three sacks on the afternoon. San Francisco forced three turnovers that they turned into 21 Niner points;  Chris Culliver had an interception, Carlos Rogers had a pick six, and Patrick Willis recovered one fumble.  Tarell Brown deflected three passes,  Culliver deflected two more, and Reggie Smith and Willis had one each.

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