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Notes and highlights from the Buccaneers 27-9 victory over the 49ers

Evans, Brate, Winston carving their names in record books.

San Francisco 49ers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers Photo by Will Vragovic/Getty Images

- With today’s totals, the Buccaneers now have 3,914 passing yards this season, the second-most in NFL history through 11 games. Tampa Bay has 4,997 total yards this season, the third-most in NFL history through 10 games.


1. St. Louis Rams 2000 3,930

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2018 3,914

3. Denver Broncos 2013 3,636

4. New Orleans Saints 2011 3,566

5. Indianapolis Colts 2014 3,554


1. St. Louis Rams 2000 5,148

2. Los Angeles Rams 1951 5,047

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2018 4,997

4. Denver Broncos 2013 4,967

5. New Orleans Saints 2011 4,946

6. Los Angeles Rams 2018 4,935

7. Miami Dolphins 1984 4,799

8. Los Angeles Rams 1950 4,796

9. New England Patriots 2012 4,794

10. New England Patriots 2007 4,778

- On San Francisco’s first drive of the game, DE Carl Nassibregistered a sack and forced fumble of QB Nick Mullens. Nassib now has 5.5 sacks on the season, including at least a half sack in each of the past four games. He now has 11.0 sacks in his career. The forced fumble was the first of his career.

- On the ensuing drive, QB Jameis Winston drove the Buccaneers 73 yards in seven plays, including a 42-yard pass to WR Mike Evans. The drive culminated in a six-yard touchdown pass from Winston to TE Cameron Brate. The drive lasted 3:50.

- Brate now has four touchdown catches this season and 21 in his career, surpassing WR Vincent Jackson for the ninth-most touchdown receptions in NFL history.


1. WR Mike Evans, 2014-Pres. 37

2. TE Jimmie Giles, 1978-86 34

3. WR Kevin House, 1980-85 31

4. WR Joey Galloway 2005-07 28

5. WR Mark Carrier, 1987-92 27

6. WR Mike Williams, 2010-13 25

7. TE Dave Moore, 1992-01, 2004-06 24

8. WR Bruce Hill, 1987-91 23

9. TE Cameron Brate, 2014-Pres. 21

10. WR Vincent Jackson, 2012-16 20

- Since the start of the 2016 season, Brate has 18 touchdown catches, tied for the second-most in the NFL among tight ends during that span.


1. Travis Kelce KC 19

2. Cameron Brate TB 18

2. Jimmy Graham GB 18*

4. Zach Ertz PHI 17*

4. Kyle Rudolph MIN 17*

*Does not include Week 12 game

- The Buccaneers added a field goal in the second quarter, with K Cairo Santos connecting on a 41-yard attempt to finish off a 12-play, 53-yard drive lasting 5:11. The field goal was Santos’ first as a Buccaneer.

- Santos made his second field goal of the game with six seconds remaining in the first half, a 39-yard field goal that ended an eight-play, 38-yard drive lasting 1:31.

- With the 49ers facing first-and-15 from their own 26-yard line in the second quarter, Buccaneers DE Jason Pierre-Paul sacked Mullens for an 11-yard loss. The sack brought Pierre-Paul’s season total to 10.5, becoming the first Buccaneers player to register 10.0 or more sacks since 2005 (Simeon Rice, 14.0).

- Pierre-Paul’s 10.5 sacks this season are tied for the third-most in the NFL.


1. DT Aaron Donald (LAR) 14.5

2. DE Danielle Hunter (MIN) 11.5*

3. DE Jason Pierre-Paul (TB) 10.5

3. DE Chandler Jones (ARI) 10.5*

5. DE Frank Clark (SEA) 10.0

5. DE Myles Garrett (CLE) 10.0

5. LB Von Miller (DEN) 10.0*

5. DE J.J. Watt (HOU) 10.0*

5. LB T.J. Watt (PIT) 10.0*

10. DE Bradley Chubb (DEN) 9.0

10. LB Dee Ford (KC) 9.0

10. DT Chris Jones (KC) 9.0

* Does not include Week 11 game

- On the play following Pierre-Paul’s sack, DT Gerald McCoyregistered his sixth sack of the season, a four-yard takedown of 49ers QB Mullens. McCoy has now recorded a sack in each of the past three games, matching a career best. McCoy has 4.5 sacks over the past four games.

- Since returning from injury, McCoy’s 4.5 sacks rank second in the NFL.

2018 NFL SACK LEADERS (Week 9-12)

1. DT Chris Jones (KC) 5.0

2. DT Gerald McCoy (TB) 4.5

2. DT Aaron Donald (LAR) 4.5

2. LB Matt Judon (BAL) 4.5

5. DE Chandler Jones (ARI) 4.0*

5. LB Kyler Fackrell (GB) 4.0*

10. LB Dee Ford (KC) 9.0

* Does not include Week 12 game

- Since 2013, McCoy’s 43.5 sacks rank second in the NFL among defensive tackles.


1. Aaron Donald (LAR) 53.5

2. Gerald McCoy (TB) 45.5

2. Geno Atkins (CIN) 45.0

4. Jurrell Casey (TEN) 37.0*

5. Ndamukong Suh (LAR) 33.0

* Does not include Week 12 game

- The Buccaneers scored their second touchdown of the game in the second half, with RB Peyton Barber scoring on a two-yard run to finish a six-play, 75-yard drive lasting 2:37. The drive was highlighted by a 34-yard catch by WR Mike Evans.

- Barber – who rushed for a touchdown in Week 11 at N.Y. Giants – is the first Buccaneers player to rush for a touchdown in consecutive games since Doug Martin last season (10/5/17 vs. NE-10/15/17 at ARI).

- Evans finished the game with six catches for 116 yards, his second consecutive game with at least 100 receiving yards. Evans now has six 100-yard games on the season, tied for the second-most in a single season in team history (Antonio Bryant, 2008).

- Evans has 1,073 receiving yards this season, the fourth-most in the NFL and the most by a Buccaneers player through 11 games in team history.


1. WR Julio Jones (ATL) 1,305

2. WR Tyreek Hill (KC) 1,106

3. WR Michael Thomas (NO) 1,080

4. WR Mike Evans (TB) 1,073

5. WR Odell Beckham Jr. (NYG) 1,107

- Evans has now recorded at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first five seasons, joining A.J. Green (2011-15) and Randy Moss (1998-2002) as the only players in NFL history to record 1,000 or more receiving yards in each of their first five seasons. Evans also extends his team records for total 1,000-yard seasons and consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.

- QB Jameis Winston threw his second touchdown of the day in the fourth quarter, connecting with WR Adam Humphries on a 28-yard scoring reception to finish a 10-play, 85-yard drive lasting 5:00. Humphries now has four touchdown catches this season and eight in his career. Humphries has caught a touchdown in each of the past two games and has four touchdowns in the past four games.

- Winston now has 79 career passing touchdowns, eclipsing Vinny Testaverde for the second-most passing touchdowns in team history.


1. Josh Freeman, 2009-13 80

2. Jameis Winston, 2014-Pres. 79

3. Vinny Testaverde, 1987-92 77

4. Doug Williams, 1978-82 73

5. Trent Dilfer, 1994-99 70

- The Buccaneers now have 27 passing touchdowns this season, tied for the second-most in a single season in team history. The team has 3,914 passing yards this season, the fourth-most in a single season in team history.


1. 2016* 29

2. 2018* 27

2. 2012 27

2. 2003 27

5. 2017* 26

5. 2010 26

* Dirk Koetter Offense


1. 2017* 4,336

2. 2012 3,983

3. 2016* 3,926

4. 2018* 3,914

5. 2015* 3,852

* Dirk Koetter Offense

- DT Vita Vea recorded his second sack of the season in the fourth quarter, bringing down Mullens for a seven-yard loss. Vea – who had three tackles for loss in today’s game – is the first Buccaneers rookie to post three or more tackles for loss since 2012 (Lavonte David, three at Denver, 12/2/12).

- The Buccaneers have posted consecutive games with at least four sacks for the first time since 2013 (9/8/13 at N.Y. Jets-9/15/13 vs. New Orleans).

- Tampa Bay recorded the first takeaway of the game when CB Ryan Smith intercepted Mullens in the end zone. The interception was the first of Smith’s career.

- The Buccaneers registered their second interception of the game on San Francisco’s final drive, after DB Josh Shaw tipped a pass that was picked off by S Isaiah Johnson, the first interception of Johnson’s career.