In the Buccaneers defense, the NFL probably shouldn’t force a team to travel cross-country for a road game in the wake of playing on a Monday night. That having been said, the young and hungry Tampa Bay squad turned in what will likely be the single worst performance in the Raheem Morris era on Sunday as they were thoroughly dominated on both sides of the ball in an embarrassing 48-3 loss to the suddenly successful San Francisco 49ers.
The afternoon started off innocently, as the 49ers marched down the field and scored a touchdown on their opening possession and Tampa Bay Buccaneers answered back with a field goal. Even the most die-hard 49ers fans in attendance couldn’t have possibly imagined witnessing 41 unanswered points, which came as the 49ers hurried Josh Freeman and stymied the efforts of Legarrette Blount, who left the game in the second half with what appeared to be a knee injury.
Coaches often throw away the game tapes in the wake of a performance as dismal as this one, but Morris was straightforward and honest in assessing his team’s problems in a post-game interview. “We didn’t even get off the plane this time. We came out here this time and were a little bit punch drunk, I guess, and it didn’t work. We didn’t play as hard as we normally do,” said Morris, who vowed that his team would be ready to take on the red-hot New Orleans Saints at home next Sunday.