Tampa Bay Shuts Out 49ers, 21-0
SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5 / AP) — Josh Freeman threw for 136 yards and two touchdowns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat the stagnant San Francisco 49ers 21-0 on Sunday for their first win at Candlestick Park since 1980 and only second ever.
Nothing fancy needed for the Bucs (7-3) to end an eight-game losing streak in San Francisco. They were the underdog, no less.
Ronde Barber made his 40th career interception in the fourth quarter, most in Tampa Bay franchise history, to help clinch it. He also became the first player in NFL history to record 40 interceptions and 25 sacks in a career.
LeGarrette Blount ran for 82 yards and 305-pound left tackle Donald Penn made a late 1-yard touchdown catch.
49ers quarterback Troy Smith lost for the first time in three starts—leaving coach Mike Singletary to ponder whether to return to former starter Alex Smith next week for San Francisco (3-7).
The Niners were shut out at home for the first time since a 7-0 loss to Atlanta on Oct. 9, 1977.