In this edition of the NFC West Report, 49ers.com recaps Week 8's action within the division.
“Same as we knew at the beginning; arguably the best division in football," Jim Harbaugh said on Tuesday. "Very tight at the halfway mark.”
St. Louis Rams
Decision: 14-9 defeat to the Seahawks.
Offense: Rookie running back Zac Stacey gained a career-high 134 yards on the ground.
Defense: The front sacked Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson a season-high seven times – three each by defensive ends Robert Quinn and Chris Long.
Stock down: The quarterback position – Kellen Clemens completed 15 of 31 passes and threw two interceptions in his first start for the injured Sam Bradford. His incompletion on 4th-and-goal from the two-yard line on the final series ended St. Louis' hopes.
Stat: The Rams outgained the Seahawks, 339 to 135; Seattle failed to gain a yard (and even lost one) during the third quarter.
Quote: "We needed 97 yards, and we got 96," Clemens told StLouisRams.com regarding the team's last-minute drive.
Ahead: St. Louis hosts the Tennessee Titans in Week 9.
Decision: 27-13 victory over the Atlanta Falcons.
Offense: In his first NFL start, rookie running back Andre Ellington's 80-yard touchdown run was the highlight of Arizona's 21-point third quarter.
Defense: The unit picked off four of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan's season-high 61 pass attempts.
Stock up: The run game – Ellington rushed for 154 yards on 15 carries in place of injured vet Rashard Mendenhall.
Stat: Wideout Larry Fitzgerald's fourth catch on Sunday was No. 800 for his career, making him the youngest pass-catcher in NFL history to reach the feat.
Quote: "I’d like to have one or two more wins,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians told AZCardinals.com. “They were there. I think we’re learning about ourselves still."
Ahead: Arizona is idle in Week 9.
Decision: 14-9 victory over the Rams.
Offense: The team's seven first downs represented a single-game low in franchise history for a win. Six of 11 possessions ended in three-and-outs.
Defense: The typically stout front seven yielded 200 Rams rushing yards.
Stock down: The wide receiver position – Seattle lost Sidney Rice for the season to a torn ACL in his knee. That said, Golden Tate caught two touchdown tosses from Wilson on Monday and the group is expecting the return of Percy Harvin.
Stat: The Seahawks ran 31 fewer offensive plays, 40, than the Rams, 71.
Quote: "We’re very fortunate to get out get out of here tonight (with a win),” Seattle coach Pete Carroll told Seahawks.com. "The Rams played a great football game and did a lot of good stuff – ran the ball right down our throat.… We just couldn’t get going as an offense. Fortunately our defense hung together and gave us a chance to win the game."
Ahead: Seattle hosts the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 9.