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Bad Jimmy Garoppolo came out to play Thursday night, and the Titans took full advantage

It was a mistake-prone night for quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo as the 49ers lost to the Titans in Nashville. (Wade Payne/AP)

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo mostly has been very good this season for the San Francisco 49ers, generally avoiding his maddening propensity to commit game-deciding gaffes. But that was certainly not the case Thursday night in Nashville in a key game with NFL playoff implications.

The 49ers could not overcome Garoppolo’s costly blunders. The Tennessee Titans got an offensive boost from the return to the lineup of wide receiver A.J. Brown and defeated the 49ers, 20-17, to move a significant step closer to securing the AFC South title.

“I don’t think you totally beat yourself,” 49ers Coach Kyle Shanahan said. “I mean, those guys made those plays on third down. They did some good things. That’s a good team. They played well. Give them a lot of credit. But I’m frustrated. We could have won this one.”

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