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49ers deal with second two-game skid this season

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JANIE McCAULEY | November 18, 2013 05:35 PM EST | AP


SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jim Harbaugh still believes Ahmad Brooks made a clean hit on Drew Brees and should have been credited with a game-clinching fumble.

Instead, Brooks was flagged for a personal foul on the Saints quarterback in the waning minutes Sunday and the 49ers watched Garrett Hartley kick a pair of late field goals to lift New Orleans over the reigning NFC champions 20-17.

Another heartbreaking three-point loss in the Superdome. Back in February, it was a 34-31 defeat to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.

While Harbaugh acknowledged Monday he has a "slanted view" of Brooks' play, the 49ers (6-3) are dealing with their second two-game skid of the season after San Francisco never lost consecutive games in Harbaugh's initial two years as coach.

Harbaugh is challenging himself to "coach better."

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