Crammed between a huge divisional game against Seattle and the emotional farewell to Candlestick Park, San Francisco's Week 15 matchup against Tampa Bay could have been a letdown game. Tampa Bay is feistier than your standard four-win team and had the 49ers let up for a moment, they could have found themselves on the losing end of that game.
They didn't let up for a moment.
The 49ers earned their fourth straight victory by triumphing over the Buccaneers, 33-14. They shut down Tampa Bay's offense in its entirety and performed well enough on offense and special teams to stay atop the matchup from wire to wire. The win, coupled with New Orleans' surprising loss, keeps San Francisco's slim divisional hopes alive, and it gives them control of their own fate for the top wild-card seed in the NFC.
It was an impressive win all around for the team, meaning finding three players to single out for having poor games was harder than normal in comparison to their other wins. Similarly, it was difficult to narrow it down to three players having a successful day.
Still, even in the biggest wins, there can be some room for improvement. Here are the players who contributed the most to San Francisco’s victory and the players who will want to go back into the film room after this one.