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SANTA CLARA – Guard Mike Iupati did not look like a two-time Pro Bowl player on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers.
When asked Monday how he felt about his game, Iupati answered, "Bad."
Iupati had a couple of breakdowns in one-on-one pass protection and also missed a block in the run game that contributed to a 2-yard loss.
“It’s football,” Iupati said. “Just got to step your game up next time. I didn’t play my game.”
“I’m not mad. It sucks. I can do better.”
San Diego Chargers defensive lineman Corey Liuget beat Iupati with an outside move to sack quarterback Colin Kaepernick and force a fumble on the second drive of the game. He surrendered another quarterback hit against Liuget.
“ You win some and you lose some,” he said. “The thing is, you do good and you give up a sack and it feels like you’re horrible. It’s like on defense. You do bad and you get a sack, and it feels like you’re good. It’s football. You got to stay on your A-game. We play them again. I’m not worried. They’re good players.”
The 49ers play the Chargers on Dec. 20 at Levi’s Stadium in the regular season. But before looking too far into the future, Iupati said he needs to clean up some technique issues for the regular season.
“It hurts because you always want to be on the top of your game,” he said. “But you learn from them and move on.”
Iupati sustained a broken left fibula (near his ankle) in the NFC Championship game. The injury did not require surgery, and he was cleared to take part in the team’s offseason program.
He did not make any excuses for his play, but Iupati intimated he is not quite 100 percent.
“It’s getting better,” he said. “It’s good.”