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After last-second loss at New Orleans, 49ers deal with second two-game losing streak of year

  • New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is sacked by San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (55) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is sacked by San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (55) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh walks the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

    San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh walks the sideline in the first half of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)  (The Associated Press)

  • New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is sacked by San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (55) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

    New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) is sacked by San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks (55) in the second half of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)  (The Associated Press)

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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