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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Jim Harbaugh will gather input from everybody involved in Sunday's lackluster loss to the Carolina Panthers to better understand exactly why a 49ers offense so prolific in recent weeks had so many problems.
While acknowledging each player is accountable — "we've got fingerprints on it" — Harbaugh declined to provide specifics about underperforming players, or why the Panthers were able to penetrate San Francisco's typically stout offensive line and sack Colin Kaepernick a career-high six times.
There's another tall task ahead: A date with the surging Saints (7-2), who had an NFL-record with 40 first downs and a franchise-best 625 total yards in a 49-17 victory over the Cowboys. San Francisco visits the Big Easy for the first time since a 34-31 Super Bowl loss to Baltimore in the Superdome.
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