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Bucs Eliminate Niners
The Bucs, known for their past offensive struggles in the postseason, got a pair of touchdown runs from Mike Alstott in the 31-6 victory over the 49ers to advance to the NFC title game against Philadelphia. Veteran Stadium has been a house of horrors in recent years for the Bucs.
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    TEAM STATISTICAL COMPARISON
    The number in parentheses indicates the team's NFL rank.
    Key: 49ers Buccaneers

    Total Offense
     356.3  (8)
      312.6  (24)
    Scoring Offense
     22.9  (14)
      21.6  (18)
    Passing Offense
      223.5  (19)
     229.1  (16)
    Rushing Offense
     140.3  (6)
      97.3  (27)
    Total Defense
      322.4  (14)
     252.8  (1)
    Scoring Defense
      21.9  (18)
     12.3  (1)
    Passing Defense
      219.1  (22)
     155.6  (1)
    Rushing Defense
      103.3  (7)
     97.1  (5)
    More stats: Team Matchup | Inside The Game




    In a disastrous performance that did nothing to provide San Francisco coach Steve Mariucci any ammunition for a contract extension, the 49ers seemed to just go through the motions. Quarterback Jeff Garcia played a horrendous game -- completing 22 of 41 passes for 193 yards, with three interceptions, no touchdowns and four sacks -- as the 49ers offense registered a bulimic 228 yards and 14 first downs. It marked only the fourth time the 49ers failed to score a touchdown in a postseason game. The loss was the worst playoff defeat for San Francisco since a 49-3 whipping by the New York Giants in 1986. Conversely, by halftime, at which point they led 28-6, the Bucs had already tallied more points than they have ever posted in a playoff contest.
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