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NFC West Report: Cards Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

Posted Dec 9, 2013

Checking in on how the 49ers divisional rivals fared in their Week 14 matchups around the NFL.

In this edition of the NFC West Report, 49ers.com recaps Week 14's action within the division. NFL.com clarifies the playoff picture here.

St. Louis Rams

Decision: 30-10 defeat to the Cardinals.

Offense: Wideout Tavon Austin set up St. Louis' lone touchdown with a 56-yard run down to Arizona's one-yard line.

Defense: Linebacker Alec Ogletree recorded the first sack of his career but had little help.

Stock down: The running game, where impressive rookie Zac Stacey managed just 25 yards on 14 carries.

Stat: The Rams units were penalized 11 times for 90 yards.

Quote: "The NFC West is probably the best division in football," quarterback Kellen Clemens, who was picked off twice, told StLouisRams.com. "Obviously for us, when we play within the division, we’re playing good teams. Certainly Seattle is in. San Francisco and Arizona, who knows, they might both get in. It’s good opponents. It’s very good defenses. We have to play better, and we will."

Ahead: St. Louis hosts the 10-3 New Orleans Saints in Week 15.



Arizona Cardinals

Decision: 30-10 victory over the Rams.

Offense: Wideout Larry Fitzgerald caught 12 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown, his 10th, making him the ninth player all-time to record double-digit touchdowns in five straight seasons.

Defense: Linebacker Karlos Dansby was all over the field, recording a team-high eight tackles, plus an interception and a sack; he returned the pick 23 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.

Stock down: Safety Tyrann Mathieu tore two ligaments in his knee and will not get to finish his strong rookie season.

Stat: The win snapped the Cardinals eight-game losing streak within the division, a skid that dated back to its 2012 season opener.

Quote: "We don’t want to lose in this building," coach Bruce Arians told AZCardinals.com. "We had to win a division game. We’re really pleased that monkey is off our back, and you guys (in the media) can write about something else now."

Ahead: Arizona visits the 5-8 Seattle Seahawks in Week 15.


Seattle Seahawks

Decision: 19-17 defeat to the 49ers.

Offense: Quarterback Russell Wilson rushed for a single-game career low two yards.

Defense: Safety Earl Thomas and Co. over-ran the fourth-quarter play on Frank Gore's 51-yard gain that put San Francisco in position for a game-winning field goal.

Stock down: Linebacker K.J. Wright broke a bone in his foot and is expected to miss about six weeks.

Stat: Seattle yielded 56 more rushing yards than its defense's season average and gained 60 fewer rushing yards than its offense's season average.

Quote: "We had them, then we let them off the leash. We had them, then we let them off again," Thomas told Seahawks.com regarding his team's nine-penalty performance. "We gave them this game, and they know it. They just capitalized off our mistakes, and that’s what good teams do."

Ahead: Seattle visits the 5-8 New York Jets in Week 15.


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