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49ers offense looks to rediscover its groove

  • San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) walks in 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 has lost two straight for the second time this season after a home loss to Carolina, then a last-second 23-20 loss at New Orleans last Sunday. A Monday night game at Washington looms, and Gore and Co. realize they cannot afford to let another game get away.

"We've lost two in a row. I know Monday night, Washington's going to be pumped and we're trying to get back on track to get where we want to be, and that's to get to the playoffs," Gore said. "Everybody's got to be on board. Everybody's got to make a play when it's there. ... They've lost close games back-to-back and I know they're desperate for a win. We're trying to get back on track."

Just four total points have decided the past two games for San Francisco, which came out of its bye week riding a five-game winning streak during which quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the offense had scored 31 or more points in each of those victories.

"There's a fine line between winning and losing," fullback Bruce Miller said. "In the past, I think more so we've been on the other side of that, the ball bounced our way and we've made plays. Now, Coach Harbaugh just talked about it. This is a different story, a different season. And we're still writing it. We're in the run, we just have to be more opportunistic."

San Francisco has managed only 347 yards and Kaepernick has been sacked nine times while throwing a pair of interceptions during the losing streak.


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