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NFC West Report: 10 Things after Week 17


Here are 10 things to know about the San Francisco 49ers three divisional foes entering the postseason.*

1. The Arizona Cardinalsare limping into the playoffs after falling just short of the franchise's first 12-win season because of a 20-17 defeat to the 49ers.

2. Quarterback Ryan Lindley, whom Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians started over rookie Logan Thomas, was intercepted three times and appeared to telegraph his passes.

3. Still, Arians and defensive veteran Calais Campbell expressed confidence in Lindley with injured incumbent Drew Stanton (knee) still not ready to play.

4. Arizona earned the NFC's fifth seed and will visit the fourth-seeded Carolina Panthers (7-8-1) to start the NFL playoffs on Saturday.

5. The St. Louis Rams fell to the third divisional foe on this list, 20-6, in their season finale.

  1. Veteran quarterback Shaun Hill turned in another solid performance (26-for-37 passing for 243 yards). It will be interesting to see if St. Louis adds onto its depth at the position this offseason.
  1. Defensive end Robert Quinn (10.5 sacks) was named the team's most valuable player while defensive tackle Aaron Donald (nine sacks) was named its top rookie.

8. The Seattle Seahawks won the division and clinched home-field advantage for the second consecutive year after securing a sixth straight win.

  1. Their defense is a major reason why; the unit has yielded only three touchdowns over its last six games.
  1. As the regular season wore on, Seattle's offense seemed to rely on a committee approach to the running back position, perhaps to keep Marshawn Lynch upright and healthy. Lynch (14 carries, 60 yards) split time with Robert Turbin (11, 53) on Sunday.
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