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Sunday, November 17, 2013
Locker Room Buzz: San Francisco 49ers

By Bill Williamson

NEW ORLEANS -- Observed in the locker room after the San Francisco 49ers' 23-20 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Brooks
Controversy: The 49ers appeared to get the ball after a turnover with about three minutes to go. But linebacker Ahmad Brooks was called for a personal foul that gave the Saints new life. It was a questionable call because it appeared Brooks hit Drew Brees' shoulder more than his neck, which was the call. The Saints ended the drive with a game-tying field goal with 2:06 to go.

Of course it was a topic of conversation in the San Francisco locker room. Many 49ers thought the officials made the wrong call, but were not surprised because of the emphasis on safety to quarterbacks.

“That was the game, basically,” Brooks said. “At the last second, he ducked his head."

Iupati hurt: Standout guard Mike Iupati suffered a left knee injury and was taken to the locker room on a cart, where he later left walking on crutches. It has not been determined how severe the injury is, but Iupati has been dealing with nagging knee issues. Iupati would clearly be missed if he has to sit out for an extended period of time. Adam Snyder took his place.

Harbaugh doesn't relent: Yes, the 49ers have lost two in a row and are now 6-4 and in a fight for a wild-card spot. But coach Jim Harbaugh focused on the positives for a team that has lost the past two games by a combined four points. "I thought they played their hearts out. Keep fighting ... I thought they left it all on the field.”