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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