In this edition of the NFC West Report, 49ers.com recaps Week 13's action within the division.
St. Louis Rams
Decision: 23-13 defeat to the 49ers.
Offense: Running the ball has been the key to St. Louis' resurgence, but Zac Stacey (19 carries for 72 yards) can't carry the load alone.
Defense: Defensive end Robert Quinn, the NFC's leader in sacks (13), was unable to get pressure against San Francisco's patchwork offensive line.
Stock down: Tavon Austin's feast-or-famine season proved to be the latter on Sunday with his 6.3 average yards per catch and 16.6 average yards per kickoff return.
Stat: The team's 11 penalties for 105 yards pushed its offense back and kept its defense on the field.
Quote: "Sometimes we take chances and sometimes it doesn’t work," coach Jeff Fisher told StLouisRams.com regarding a fourth-quarter punt-fake.
Ahead: St. Louis visits Arizona in Week 14.
Decision: 24-21 defeat to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Offense: Quarterback Carson Palmer threw for 302 yards and three touchdowns but turned the ball over three times, twice via interception; he has thrown 17 picks in a dozen games.
Defense: Arizona did demonstrate its ability to rush the passer; five different defenders combined on five sacks of Eagles signal-caller Nick Foles.
Stock down: Leading rusher Andre Ellington didn't play because of a bum knee he injured during practice.
Stat: The Cardinals are now 0-8 when seeking a fifth straight win, a record that dates back to 1977.
Quote: "It’s a minor setback," wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald told AZCardinals.com. "We control our own destiny. We would have loved to have this game. But it’s not the end of the world for us."
Ahead: Arizona hosts St. Louis in Week 14.
Decision: 34-7 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
Offense: Quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 47 yards.
Defense: Defensive end Michael Bennett's 22-yard fumble return for a touchdown on Cliff Avril's strip-sack of Drew Brees gave Seattle an early 10-0 advantage.
Stock up: Tight end Zach Miller recorded five catches for a season-high 86 yards, plus a score.
Stat: Wilson, who is now 14-0 at home, has tied an NFL record for second-year quarterbacks with 22 regular-season wins.
Quote: "I will say this: The defense, to hold that quarterback, that coach and that team to that kind of a production night, that’s an incredible night for our guys," coach Pete Carroll told Seahawks.com regarding the Saints 188-yard effort. "The really cool thing is that we didn’t do anything special. We did what we like doing and the way we want to play."
Ahead: Seattle visits San Francisco in Week 14.
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