49ers take down Buccaneers as Christian McCaffrey finds the end zone once more
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Brock Purdy threw a 76-yard strike to Brandon Aiyuk for one of his three touchdown passes, and the San Francisco 49ers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-14 on Sunday.
Purdy also threw a 4-yard TD pass to Christian McCaffrey and a three-yarder to George Kittle to help the 49ers (7-3) post a second straight lopsided win following a three-game losing streak.
Baker Mayfield threw a TD pass for Tampa Bay (4-6), but the Bucs had no answers defensively against Purdy and the 49ers and lost for the fifth time in six games.
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Brandon Aiyuk #11 of the San Francisco 49ers makes a catch as Antoine Winfield Jr. #31 and Zyon McCollum #27 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers work to make a tackle during the first quarter at Levi's Stadium on November 19, 2023 in Santa Clara, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Purdy finished 21 for 25 for 333 yards and became the first Niners quarterback ever to post a perfect passer rating in a game with at least 20 attempts.
For the second straight week, the 49ers broke the game open with a big pass play from Purdy on the opening drive of the second half.
He connected on a 66-yarder to Kittle on the second play of the third quarter last week to help fuel a 34-3 win at Jacksonville and then topped that this week.
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The Niners forced a punt by the Bucs on the opening drive of the third quarter and were backed up to their own 2 following a perfectly placed punt by Jake Camarda.
A short run by McCaffrey and a 21-yard pass to Kittle moved the ball out to the 24 and Purdy struck from there. He lofted