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NINER LOSS IS FAR FROM `SPECIAL’

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The San Francisco 49ers don't know much about their running game. Their special teams play hasn't given coach George Seifert much of a chance to find out.

Eight times Sunday night at Jacksonville, the 49ers began a possession inside their own 20. Quarterback Steve Young leading the team with 29 rushing yards in a 38-10 loss to the Jaguars shouldn't come as a surprise.San Francisco's 17 penalties for 118 yards included three holding penalties on kickoffs. And that was hardly the worst of the 49ers' special teams play.

Two botched field goal attempts, a blocked punt and a fumbled punt return were other lowlights in a dismal effort.

"We've got to get it resolved and do it quickly," said Seifert, whose team opens the regular season in two weeks against New Orleans.

Young completed 17 of 27 passes for 144 yards and helped the 49ers (1-2) to a 10-10 halftime tie. But Jacksonville (1-2) scored two touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarters.

The down side for the Jaguars came when left tackle Tony Boselli limped off in the first quarter with a sprained right ankle, and his backup - Jeff Novak - was taken off on a cart two possessions later.

"We lost two left tackles in the wink of an eye," coach Tom Coughlin said. "That's a rare thing that happens, and both guys with ankles. It defies normalcy."

San Francisco is expected to announce the acquisition of running back Terry Kirby from Miami as early as today.

Patriots 37, Eagles 10

At Foxboro, Drew Bledsoe threw for 148 yards and two touchdowns in the first half as New England knocked Philadelphia quarterback Rodney Peete out of the game.

As Peete led the Eagles to a field goal near the end of the first half, Willie McGinest connected with Peete's left knee. Peete limped off at halftime with a knee sprain.

Ty Detmer, who started the second half for the Eagles, completed just five of 16 passes for 107 yards.