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San Francisco 49ers: 10 Most Painful Losses in Franchise History
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The San Francisco 49ers normally are on the other side of crushing losses.  They’re the team that rallied back from a 38-14 deficit to crush the New York Giants in the 2002 wild-card playoffs, and the team that clawed back from a 28-point deficit to beat the New Orleans Saints in 1980.  They’re the team that breaks the hearts of its opponents and moves on.

Watching the U.S. men’s national team come so close to beating Portugal and clinching a spot in the knockout round of the World Cup, only to fail in the 95th minute, however, brought back memories of all the times the 49ers had been on the other side of those games.  Every franchise has had its heart ripped out, and the 49ers are no exception.

To commiserate with the USMNT, it’s time to look back at the 10 worst losses in San Francisco 49ers history.  These are the games that sent the 49ers packing, ending their hopes in particularly disappointing fashions.  Some of them featured the 49ers furiously coming back, only to fail at the end.  Others saw the 49ers watch their lead dribble away.  One way or another, these are the worst of the worst.

Grab an aspirin and hold on—we’re going down a particularly painful part of memory lane.

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