San Francisco 49ers vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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17
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Game Information
Location: Raymond James Stadium Tampa, Florida
Attendance: 55,976

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The San Francisco 49ers had three touchdowns negated by penalties, turned the ball over twice and didn't a get particularly sharp performance from Jimmy Garoppolo.

That just made beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 31-17 on a hot, humid Sunday in Florida that much sweeter.

"It's fun to win when you can be hard on the guys the next day because there's a lot of stuff on that tape that could have cost us that game in all three phases," coach Kyle Shanahan said.

"I was disappointed with that and still to be able to pull out a win says a lot about the guys we've got in there. They kept grinding, and when you do that usually good things happen."

Richard Sherman and Ahkello Witherspoon returned two of a retooled defense's three interceptions of Jameis Winston for touchdowns and Robbie Gould kicked three field goals for the 49ers, who forced four turnovers overall and also deflected an early punt to set up the offense's first scoring drive.

"I'm just happy for our defense, I'm happy for our team. We played sloppy, but it's the first game," Sherman said. "We've got to knock out some of the wrinkles. We've got to find a way to play a more mistake-free football game, myself included. I had a couple penalties that I shouldn't have had. I've got to put myself in better position. It was a decent game for us, but we've got to get better."

Garoppolo threw for 166 yards and one touchdown in his first game in nearly a year.

"The whole offense was shaky. I think he made a couple good throws but Jimmy, everyone else including myself needs to be a lot more consistent," Shanahan said.

"There's some things out there that we missed. Fortunately our defense got us turnovers. It's hard to win when you have two turnovers on offense, but when you get four on the other side, especially when they score on two of them, that makes it a little easier to overcome some sloppy play that we had."

Winston threw for 194 yards to become Tampa Bay's career passing leader, including a 10-yard scoring pass to Chris Godwin that trimmed a double-digit deficit to 20-14 late in the third quarter. Ultimately, though, the Bucs could not overcome the fifth-year quarterback's mistakes and dropped their debut under coach Bruce Arians, who was lured out of retirement after Tampa Bay finished 5-11 last season and missed the playoffs for the 11th straight year.

"We talked all week about winning the turnover battle, and when it's four to two, it's always going to be tough," Arians said. "But there were some really bright spots and areas that we can build off of and also learn why we're losing instead of winning. That one is pretty easy."

Garoppolo, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, completed 18 of 27 passes with one interception. His 39-yard pass to Richie James Jr. put the 49ers ahead for good early in the second half.

Despite moving past Vinny Testaverde to become Tampa Bay's career passing leader, Winston has yet to lead the team to the playoffs or prove he's the club's long-term answer at quarterback.

Arians has also worked with Ben Roethlisberger, Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck and Carson Palmer as a long-time coach and offensive coordinator, and the Bucs are counting on him to help the No. 1 overall pick from the 2015 draft realize his potential.

This is also a season when the 49ers are counting on Garoppolo to make major strides, too. The 49ers gave the sixth-year pro a $137.5 million, five-year contract after Garoppolo won his first five starts for San Francisco in 2017. He didn't look nearly as good early last season, when he completed less than 60 percent of his passes before suffering a knee injury that sidelined him the final 13 games.

"I think there were some ups and downs, but it's always fun to start the season 1-0," Garoppolo said. "It feels good to just be back. It's been a while since I've been out here with the guys for a full game. It was fun out there today."

Neither quarterback distinguished himself during a sloppy first half that saw the teams combine for four turnovers and have five touchdowns - three by San Francisco, two by Tampa Bay - nullified because of penalties in a 7-6 game.

The Bucs' Vernon Hargreaves returned an interception 15 yards for the only TD that counted before halftime. Sherman countered for the 49ers, sprinting 31 yards up the sideline with his first interception in eight games to give San Francisco a 20-7 lead a little over three minutes into the third quarter. Witherspoon put the game out of reach with his 25-yard TD return in the closing minutes.

INJURIES

49ers: FS Jimmie Ward (hand) was inactive, replaced in the lineup by Tarvarius Moore. ... RB Tevin Coleman left with an ankle injury and did not return. .... CB K'Waun Williams (dehydration) left in the third quarter.

Buccaneers: DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches left in the second quarter with a hand injury.

EJECTION

San Francisco LB Kwon Alexander was penalized 15 yards and ejected for lowering his head to initiate contact on a hit on Winston late in the first quarter. Winston scrambled for a 5-yard gain and was hit by his former teammate as the quarterback began to slide at the 49ers 45. Alexander was playing his first game since signing with San Francisco as a free agent. He played the first four years of his career with the Bucs.

FREE CONCERT

Fans arriving early to Raymond James Stadium were entertained by country music star Tim McGraw. The concert in 90-degree heat began more than two hours before kickoff. McGraw also performed an encore at halftime.

UP NEXT

49ers: at Cincinnati next Sunday. The franchises met twice in Super Bowls in the 1980s, the Niners winning both.

Buccaneers: road opener at Carolina on short rest on Thursday night.

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1st Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail 49ers Buccaneers
11:08 Robbie Gould 29 yd FG 3 0

2nd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail 49ers Buccaneers
08:41 Vernon Hargreaves III 15 yd interception return (Matt Gay kick) 3 7
02:55 Robbie Gould 36 yd FG 6 7

3rd Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail 49ers Buccaneers
12:31 Richie James Jr. 39 yd pass from Jimmy Garoppolo (Robbie Gould kick) 13 7
11:44 Richard Sherman 31 yd interception return (Robbie Gould kick) 20 7
05:43 Chris Godwin 10 yd pass from Jameis Winston (Matt Gay kick) 20 14

4th Quarter Summary
Time Team Play Detail 49ers Buccaneers
04:47 Matt Gay 31 yd FG 20 17
02:17 Robbie Gould 47 yd FG 23 17
02:01 Ahkello Witherspoon 25 yd interception return (Deebo Samuel 2pt Pass from Jimmy Garoppolo) 31 17

Team Stats
  San Francisco Tampa Bay
1st Downs 17 21
Total Yards 256 295
Passing 158 174
Passing Completions/Attempts 18-27 20-36
Yards/Pass 5.6 4.5
Rushing 98 121
Rushing Attempts 32 26
Yards/Rush 3.1 4.7
Turnovers 2 4
Fumbles Lost 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 3
Possession 30:04 29:56

San Francisco Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Jimmy Garoppolo 18 27 166 6.2 1 1

Tampa Bay Passing
Player CP ATT YDS AVG TD INT
Jameis Winston 20 36 194 5.4 1 3

San Francisco Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Raheem Mostert 9 40 4.4 0 18
Matt Breida 15 37 2.5 0 13
Tevin Coleman 6 23 3.8 0 12
Jimmy Garoppolo 2 -2 -1.0 0 -1

Tampa Bay Rushing
Player ATT YDS AVG TD LG
Ronald Jones II 13 75 5.8 0 16
Peyton Barber 8 33 4.1 0 14
Jameis Winston 5 13 2.6 0 5

San Francisco Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
George Kittle 8 54 6.8 0 19
Richie James Jr. 1 39 39.0 1 39
Tevin Coleman 2 33 16.5 0 31
Deebo Samuel 3 17 5.7 0 14
Kendrick Bourne 1 9 9.0 0 9
Dante Pettis 1 7 7.0 0 7
Marquise Goodwin 1 7 7.0 0 7
Raheem Mostert 1 0 0.0 0 0
Matt Breida 0 0 0.0 0

Tampa Bay Receiving
Player REC YDS AVG TD LG
Chris Godwin 3 53 17.7 1 28
Dare Ogunbowale 4 33 8.2 0 11
O.J. Howard 4 32 8.0 0 15
Mike Evans 2 28 14.0 0 16
Ronald Jones II 1 18 18.0 0 18
Peyton Barber 2 12 6.0 0 8
Breshad Perriman 2 10 5.0 0 5
Cameron Brate 2 8 4.0 0 7
Bobo Wilson 0 0 0.0 0

San Francisco Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Fred Warner 7 2 0 0
Tarvarius Moore 5 3 0 0
Richard Sherman 4 1 0 0
Kwon Alexander 3 0 0 0
Dre Greenlaw 3 1 0 0
Jaquiski Tartt 3 2 0 0
Nick Bosa 2 1 1 9
Arik Armstead 2 3 1 5
DeForest Buckner 2 0 0 0
Mark Nzeocha 2 0 0 0
Ahkello Witherspoon 2 0 0 0
Dee Ford 1 0 1 6
Sheldon Day 1 0 0 0
D.J. Jones 1 0 0 0
Emmanuel Moseley 1 0 0 0
Azeez Al-Shaair 0 0 0 0
Ronald Blair III 0 1 0 0
Antone Exum Jr. 0 0 0 0
George Kittle 0 0 0 0
K'Waun Williams 0 1 0 0

Tampa Bay Defense
Player TACKLES ASST SACKS SACK YDS
Jordan Whitehead 7 1 0 0
Lavonte David 6 1 0 0
M.J. Stewart 4 1 0 0
Devin White 4 2 0 0
Shaquil Barrett 3 2 1 8
William Gholston 3 1 0 0
Darian Stewart 3 2 0 0
Carlton Davis III 2 1 0 0
Vernon Hargreaves III 2 1 0 0
Carl Nassib 2 0 0 0
Ndamukong Suh 2 2 0 0
Vita Vea 2 1 0 0
Mike Edwards 0 0 0 0
O.J. Howard 0 0 0 0

San Francisco Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Richard Sherman 1 31 1
Ahkello Witherspoon 1 25 1
Mark Nzeocha 1 1 0

Tampa Bay Interceptions
Player INT YDS TD
Vernon Hargreaves III 1 15 1

San Francisco Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
No kick return stats.

Tampa Bay Kick Returns
Player KR YDS AVG TD LNG
T.J. Logan 3 60 20.0 0 21

San Francisco Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
No punt return stats.

Tampa Bay Punt Returns
Player PR YDS AVG TD LNG
Bobo Wilson 1 0 0.0 0 0

San Francisco Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Robbie Gould 3 4 75.0 47

Tampa Bay Kicking
Player FGM FGA PCT LG
Matt Gay 1 1 100.0 31

San Francisco Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Mitch Wishnowsky 2 91 54

Tampa Bay Punting
Player PUNTS YDS LG
Bradley Pinion 2 42 39