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49ers rip Bucs 33-14, win 4th in a row

  • San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (85) pulls in a 52-yard touchdown reception after getting past Tampa Bay Buccaneers strong safety Mark Barron (23) during the second quarter. (AP Photo/Reinhold Matay)

TAMPA, Fla. — Colin Kaepernick wasn't interested in rating his performance.

The surging San Francisco 49ers are hitting their stride at the right time, and that's what really matters to the young quarterback.

Kaepernick threw touchdown passes to Vernon Davis and Michael Crabtree, then led a long, clock-exhausting, fourth-quarter drive that produced a field goal to help the defending NFC champions pull away from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 33-14 on Sunday.

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The third-year pro's inconsistency has been an issue this season, however he protected the football and hurt the Bucs (4-10) with his feet as well as his arm in helping the 49ers extend their winning streak to four games.

But was it his best performance?

"I don't know," Kaepernick said. "It's another win for us though."

Davis caught a TD pass for the fifth straight game and Michael Crabtree scored his first TD since returning from injury for San Francisco (10-4). Frank Gore rushed for 86 yards to go over 1,000 in a season for the seventh time.

"Frank's an amazing running back. I feel like he's the most underrated running back in the NFL. He does everything for our offense," Kaepernick said. "He runs the ball. If we ask him to block, he does it. If we ask him to catch a pass, he does it. What he means to this team and what he contributes really can't be quantified."

Gore carried 22 times, hiking his season rushing total to 1,017 yards.

"It's a blessing. Ninth year in the league. Every year I hear the doubters, you know, 'Can you still do it?'" Gore said. "I take it one year at a time. My coaches still believe in me. This organization still believes in me."

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