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49ers' Nick Bosa suffered first loss in over two years vs. Seahawks

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49ers' Nick Bosa suffered first loss in over two years vs. Seahawks

49ers rookie sensation Nick Bosa experienced something Monday night that the 22-year-old hasn’t faced in over two years.

He lost a game.

That’s right, the defensive end hadn’t suffered defeat prior to San Francisco's loss to the Seahawks on Monday night since his sophomore season at Ohio State.

That game was especially rough for Bosa, as he was ejected in the second quarter after a pretty blatant targeting penalty for a hit on Iowa's quarterback.

Bosa’s Buckeyes won the first three games of 2018 before he injured his knee and missed the final 11 games of his collegiate career.

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The 49ers hope to restart Bosa’s winning streak Sunday when they take on the Arizona Cardinals at Levi’s Stadium.

Watch 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo heave 75-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders

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Watch 49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo heave 75-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders

When the 49ers needed a big play Sunday, Jimmy Garoppolo and Emmanuel Sanders connected for a monster touchdown. 

San Francisco cut the New Orleans Saints' lead to 20-14 early in the second quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, thanks to Garoppolo's 75-yard heave to Sanders. Sanders initially burned his man in the secondary, then slowed up to beat Saints safety Marcus Williams and track back to Garoppolo's underthrown pass. 

When Sanders hit the ground after hauling Garoppolo's throw, he had plenty of time to get back on his feet and evade Williams and Vonn Bell.

[RELATED: 49ers' Kittle on pace for best tight end season in PFF era]

The TD was the longest of Garoppolo's career, and Sanders matched a career-long he set four years ago with the Denver Broncos. Sanders' reception was his third of the day and his 125 yards on those three catches are Sanders' most with the 49ers. Sunday was Sanders' first game with 100-plus receiving yards since Halloween, and he was limited to just 113 yards over the last four weeks after he battled a ribs injury. 

Sanders was healthy enough to suit up as one of only four receivers Sunday, and he even matched Garoppolo with a passing TD of his own on the 49ers' ensuing drive.

Is there a QB controversy brewing? 

Jared Cook's TD catch appears to hit ground in Saints-49ers; call upheld

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Jared Cook's TD catch appears to hit ground in Saints-49ers; call upheld

One of the age-old questions in the NFL seems so simple but yet is so complex: "What is a catch?"

The catch/non-catch topic reared its head again Sunday in New Orleans, as Saints tight end Jared Cook caught a 26-yard touchdown to put the home team ahead of the 49ers 13-7 midway through the first quarter.

Despite an impressive effort by Cook -- and a personal foul penalty on 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon -- it appears the ball came loose and hit the ground at the end of the catch. While all scoring plays are reviewed, the officials didn't appear to give another look to the play.

Cook sustained a concussion on the play and later was ruled out for the rest of the game.

Had the play been ruled an incomplete pass, the Saints still would have been awarded first down in the red zone -- due to the penalty -- and in prime position to score. However, the 49ers then could have made the Saints settle for a field goal or even forced a turnover.

[RELATED: 49ers playing with four healthy wideouts vs. Saints]

The 49ers need all the breaks they can get, as they currently trail the Saints 20-14 in the second quarter in what looks to be a shootout between two of the NFC's best teams.