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Beck repeated some of the same mistakes that crippled the Redskins‘ offense in last Sunday’s 23-0 loss to Buffalo. He held onto the ball too long at times and missed some open receivers.

On fourth-and-2 early in the fourth quarter, for example, Beck threw incomplete to tight end Fred Davis on a quick out route. Davis was well-covered, but receiver Jabar Gaffney was open on a similar route near the left sideline.

“[I was] kind of open out there today,” Gaffney said. “For whatever reason, John goes through his reads and a lot of times he didn’t come to me. That’s for coach to talk to John about.”

Beck threw an interception at the end of the first quarter when San Francisco safety Dashon Goldson fooled him by covering Davis’ cut to the sideline when Beck did not expect him to.

Beck also said he missed some opportunities to hit plays down field.

“We came back and looked at the photos that they give us on the sideline, and there was a few where I could have waited a second longer and had a shot at something,” he said.

The problems extended beyond Beck, though. Rookie running back Roy Helu had a franchise single-game record 14 receptions, but he fumbled after one of them. The 49ers turned that into a touchdown before halftime.

Austin’s mistakes exacerbated the offense’s plight. He was so disappointed in himself because they resulted from mental lapses.

Take the illegal block. “I was supposed to bypass the linebacker anyway and not even block the linebacker,” he said. “I was supposed to block the safety. Shoot, I just didn’t do it. I busted my assignment.”

And the fumble? “Ball in the wrong hand,” he said. “I was trying to make a play. I didn’t pay attention to fundamentals, and that’s what happens.”