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Why Nick Bosa believes he let 49ers down in Week 15 loss vs. Falcons

Why Nick Bosa believes he let 49ers down in Week 15 loss vs. Falcons

Nick Bosa isn't used to losing. The Ohio State Buckeyes lost just five games over his three years in college, and he wasn't on the field for one of those contests. 

Through his first 14 games in the NFL, the 49ers' rookie defensive end only has three losses to his name as a pro. But he was extremely critical of himself after San Francisco's latest defeat. 

"I know I let all of them [his teammates] down," Bosa told reporters Sunday after the 49ers' 29-22 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. 

Bosa recorded his ninth sack of the season in the loss. He also recorded three tackles -- one for a loss of yards -- and was credited with two QB hits on Matt Ryan and one pass defensed. 

That wasn't enough in his eyes, though. Bosa sternly told reporters he didn't play well.

"Because I didn't win my rushes," Bosa explained. "I did wrong things on a couple plays. I just need to be more of an impact player." 

The No. 2 pick from the 2019 NFL Draft is his harshest critic. He ranks second on the 49ers in sacks, leads the team in tackles for loss (16.5) and leads San Francisco's defensive linemen in passes defensed (three). 

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Bosa trails just the Jaguars' Josh Allen (10) in sacks among rookies, and is seen by many as the favorite for the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year. 

While Bosa was far from a letdown in San Francisco's loss to Atlanta, the young pass rusher clearly will be on a mission Saturday against the Los Angeles Rams when the two teams square off in Santa Clara. 

Check out the 49ers' fresh official 2020 NFL Draft hats from New Era

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Check out the 49ers' fresh official 2020 NFL Draft hats from New Era

The NFL Draft is still scheduled to take place from April 23, through April 25, but it will look a bit different than what we’re used to.

Las Vegas will still host the draft, but without the usual pomp and circumstance events leading up to, and around it, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

While we don’t know how it’ll ultimately look as we have nothing previous to compare it to, we do know the hats the draftees will sport after their name is called.

New Era dropped the Official NFL Draft Hats with each cap sporting the logo on all black with their taglines stitched on the sides. 

Here are what the 49ers hats look like:

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New Era also offers alternates with bigger logos.

At least one thing will remain familiar despite a lot of changes.

Emmanuel Sanders was down to 49ers, Saints, Packers in NFL free agency

Emmanuel Sanders was down to 49ers, Saints, Packers in NFL free agency

Emmanuel Sanders is a man of his word. He said he would prioritize an opportunity to contend for a Super Bowl when deciding which team he was going to sign with in free agency, and given the finalists for his services, that's precisely what he did.

Sanders joined "The Rich Eisen Show" on Monday and explained that his decision ultimately came down to the NFC's top three seeds from last season.

"I was talking to Green Bay, I was talking to the Niners and just trying to figure out what type of deal, what type of money are we talking about," Sanders explained. "And then the Saints called, and I was ecstatic about them calling. The opportunity to play with Drew Brees and everything. The numbers made sense -- Drew has two more years left on his deal, and I signed a two-year deal."

As you might recall, the 49ers and Packers earned the Nos. 1 and 2 overall seeds in the NFC last season -- and a first-round bye -- while the Saints finished as the No. 3 seed. New Orleans' season ended in the wild-card round, whereas San Francisco defeated Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game to advance to Super Bowl LIV.

While the 49ers and Saints didn't face each other in the playoffs, they did combine for a thrilling regular-season shootout in Week 14 -- a 48-46 San Francisco road win in which Sanders played a huge role, catching seven passes for 157 receiving yards and a touchdown. The next time he returns to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, it won't be as a visiting player.

"I'm just excited to be a New Orleans Saint," Sanders continued. "I looked at the schedule -- we've got 11 or 12 games inside in a dome. Michael Thomas being my counterpart, Drew Brees throwing the ball, Sean Payton calling the plays -- a wide-open spread offense just like I was with Peyton [Manning] in 2014 -- it just set a new fire under me."

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Though Sanders didn't elaborate on those indoor games, he was correct in that the Saints will play 11 regular-season games in a dome next season. In addition to road games against the Atlanta Falcons, Las Vegas Raiders and Detroit Lions, they of course have their eight home games -- one of which might be circled as soon as the official schedule is released.

That one?

Against the 49ers.