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NFC West Report: Rams, Cards Fall to 1-2

Posted Sep 23, 2013

Checking in on how the 49ers divisional rivals fared in their Week 3 matchups around the NFL.

In our third edition of the weekly NFC West Report, 49ers.com recaps Sunday's action within the division.
 

St. Louis Rams

Decision: 31-7 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Offense: Quarterback Sam Bradford and the Rams unit didn't make a first down until the second quarter and had 18 total yards at halftime.

Defense: No St. Louis defender could wrap up Dallas running back DeMarco Murray, who rushed 26 times for 175 yards, or 6.7 yards per carry.

Stock Down: The Rams special teams unit committed two penalties on one play, canceling out rookie returner Tavon Austin's 84-yard touchdown return.

Stat: For the first time in five games dating back to last season, Bradford was sacked -- and he was sacked six times.

Quote: "I didn't see this one coming," coach Jeff Fisher told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I can't explain it."

Ahead: St. Louis hosts the 49ers on Thursday night.


Arizona Cardinals

Decision: 31-7 loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Offense: Quarterback Carson Palmer led the Cardinals on an 11-play, 80-yard touchdown drive to open the game, but the offense was held scoreless thereafter.

Defense: No Arizona defensive back could keep a hold on Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, who beat both cornerback Patrick Peterson and rookie safety Tyrann Mathieu for touchdowns.

Standout: Defensive end Darnell Dockett recorded a career high-tying three sacks of Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Stock Up: Despite giving up the Graham score, Mathieu continues to impress -- he made nine tackles and hauled in his first NFL pick.

Stat: Quarterback Carson Palmer was sacked four times, hit in the pocket nine times and threw two interceptions.

Quote: "We are better than that,” Dockett told Cardinals.com. “The Saints are a good team, but they’re not that good."

Ahead: Arizona visits the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.


Seattle Seahawks

Decision: 45-17 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Offense: Doug Baldwin, one of three different wide receivers with five catches, caught a 35-yard pass with one hand.

Defense: Lineman Clinton McDonald and Michael Bennett combined for three sacks.

Standout: Wilson tossed a career high-tying four touchdown passes and was given a curtain call late in the third quarter.

Stock Up: Veteran backup quarterback Tavaris Jackson showed Seattle has a strong No. 2, compiling 129 passing yards and a touchdown in limited action.

Stat: Seattle has started its schedule 3-0 for the first time since 2006.

Quote: “An exciting day for the NFC West,” coach Pete Carroll told Seahawks.com. “Big day for us; the other teams struggled and all that. Glad we could take advantage of the opportunity to get this win.”

Ahead: Continuing its run through the AFC South, Seattle visit the Houston Texas on Sunday.