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49ers replay: Fade at finish all too familiar

Harbaugh, 49ers blew great chance at signature win

Now comes Jim Harbaugh's first real test. He has to pick up his team after Sunday's brutal overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys. Even though this is a new era with Harbaugh, the 49ers looked drearily the same as last year by losing a tight game to a good team they should have defeated, doing just about everything wrong in crunch time with the game on the line to allow Dallas to pull out the win.

In four of their first seven games last year, the 49ers lost by three points or fewer, including two-point losses to the Saints and Falcons. They finished 1-4 last season in games decided by three points or fewer on their way to a 6-10 record. It happened again against Dallas with the 49ers allowing a 10-point lead to dissolve in the final 11 minutes or regulation. The 49ers repeated the pattern...

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