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Monday, December 16, 2013
Upon Further Review: 49ers Week 15

By Bill Williamson

TAMPA, Fla. -- A review of four hot issues from the San Francisco 49ers' 33-14 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

San Francisco's Eric Reid
Eric Reid displayed his IQ by not attempting to score on this interception.
Avoiding the trap: This was an impressive win because the 49ers continued to roll no matter the circumstance. San Francisco won its fourth in a row in a date that had all the makings of a letdown game. It came a week after the 49ers' biggest win of the season, a home win over Seattle. The team had to travel cross-country to play a losing team in a 10 a.m. PT start. Yet, the 49ers never trailed. It was a complete team win. San Francisco is now 10-4 and can clinch a playoff berth next week.

Crabtree makes amends: 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree almost ruined a crucial 17-play, 10-minute drive in which the 49ers extended their lead to 23-14 with four minutes to go Sunday. But he ended up saving it. Crabtree was penalized 15 yards for throwing a ball in frustration; it put the 49ers in a big hole, but three plays later, he kept the drive alive with a big first-down catch on third-and-12.

Smart rookie: San Francisco first-round pick Eric Reid has been impressive all season. What stood out to me about the LSU product from the beginning of the season was his polish. He looked like a five-year veteran in his first game. Sunday, he flashed his Football IQ once again. Late in the game, he had an interception deep in Tampa Bay territory. He had a free path to the end zone, but the game was in hand. The rookie simply dropped to the grass to get the 49ers' offense back on the field. He admitted giving up a sure touchdown wasn't easy, but it was for the best for the team. That's a special player.

Injury update: Crabtree had his hand examined after the game and fullback Bruce Miller said he had a stinger. Both players said after the game that they are fine. Miller will be examined Monday, but he said he doesn't believe his injury is overly serious.