49ers defeat vs. Browns is a 'Purdy' ugly loss, no other way to put it

San Francisco 49ers v Cleveland Browns
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Everything that could go wrong for Brock Purdy and the 49ers pretty much went wrong on the road versus the Browns.

The San Francisco 49ers are no longer undefeated this season.

Their 19-17 defeat on the road versus the Cleveland Browns dropped them to 5-1, and the frustrations can overflow when considering the Niners still had plenty of chances to win the game despite the poor level of play.

Things looked promising from the start, however, as San Francisco scored on the opening drive. Brock Purdy threw a shovel 13-yard pass to running back Christian McCaffrey.

The 49ers defense was cooking early, too, as they picked off quarterback P.J. Walker on the Browns' first drive. Linebacker Fred Warner came up with that interception near midfield and gained an additional 32 yards on the play.

After that, though, the day went downhill for Purdy and Co.

Injuries would take McCaffrey and wide receiver Deebo Samuel out of the game, and the latter's departure seemed to wholly derail the Niners' offensive momentum for the rest of the contest.

Rookie kicker Jake Moody would then miss a field goal on the second drive, as his 54-yard field-goal attempt would be off to the left of the uprights. San Francisco would then punt every possession for the rest of the first half.

Cleveland tied the game up, 10-10, with a 42-yard field goal to open the second half. The 49ers offense was unable to respond as Purdy was picked off at the Browns' 48-yard line.

In the game, Purdy went 12-of-27 with only 125 yards. He finished with one score and one interception, making this the lowest output from San Francisco's offense all year.

Wide receiver Brandon Ayiuk accounted for the majority of the yardage (76) on four receptions. He was targeted 10 times, though, adding to the 49ers' struggles to score.

To open up the fourth quarter, the Niners were able to take a 17-13 lead thanks in part to running back Jordan Mason's 8-yard run. It was his second score in as many games.

San Francisco could not do enough to stifle the Browns' run game (160 total yards) or Browns wide receiver Amari Cooper, and he was able to torch the 49ers secondary for 108 yards on just four catches.

Cleveland put up a pair of field goals to steal the lead, 19-17. In the closing minutes, the 49ers were able to put themselves in a position to take the Week 6 win on the road.

Moody would miss his second field goal in the afternoon, and this time, his 41-yard attempt was wide right.

Purdy's inability to find receivers and guide the 49ers into the end zone proved costly.

Despite San Francisco still having a tie for the best record in the NFL, this contest should be the wake-up call to clean up their execution on both sides of the ball.

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