After game filled with injuries, frustrations, struggles to score, 49ers look to regroup

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.

___

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org