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49ers' Jim Harbaugh not playing blame game after ugly loss

  • 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh watches as quarterback Colin Kaepernick warms up before Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers in San Francisco. (Associated Press)

SANTA CLARA — Jim Harbaugh will not point a finger at one player in particular, or one coach. This beating is being felt by all.

Harbaugh vowed to gather input from everybody involved in Sunday's lackluster 10-9 loss to the Carolina Panthers to better understand exactly why a 49ers offense so prolific in recent weeks had so many problems.

“The way we look at it is as a unit. Offensively, we didn't play well enough to win the game,” Harbaugh said Monday. “Across the board, we take accountability for that and have fingerprints on it. I'm not going to go through and dissect position by position, raking anybody over the coalsI don't think that's the best thing for us.”

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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.

“We had a good week of practice,” Kaepernick said. “I think everybody was ready. We just didn't execute when we got on the field.”

Now, there's another tall task ahead for the Niners (6-3): 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.

“We've got a tough game coming up, and we're not going to wallow in it,” Harbaugh said. “We're going to move on to New Orleans.”

Injured tight ends Vernon Davis and Garrett Celek both were undergoing further testing Monday, Davis for a concussion that kept him out of the second half and Celek for an injured hamstring sustained in the first quarter. Harbaugh said the team will explore its options but wasn't ready to guess whether that might mean bringing someone in from outside the organization.

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