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Around The NFC West - Week 15

Posted Dec 19, 2016

The Seahawks clinch the division title while the Rams and 49ers continue to struggle

Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett had a big day against the Rams.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Last time out: Falcons 41, 49ers 13

Record: 1-13 overall, 1-3 in division

Snapshot: The Falcons scored 28 of the game’s first 35 points and cruised to the win. Running back Devonta Freeman carried the ball 20 times for 139 yards and three touchdowns.

Notable: The 49ers gave up 248 yards rushing and 550 total yards in the contest. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick finished 20-of-33 for 183 yards with a pair of touchdowns. San Francisco has now lost 13 consecutive games after a season-opening victory against the Rams.

Quotable: “With Patrick Willis retiring, Justin Smith retiring and some other big-name guys leaving the team, we just have to rebuild. I guess we’re in the rebuilding stage right now.” – linebacker Ahmad Brooks, via the San Jose Mercury News, on the state of the team.

Injury update: Linebacker Nick Bellore was placed on injured reserve with an elbow injury.

Next up: The 49ers will travel to play the Rams in Week 16

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Last time out: Seahawks 24, Rams 3

Record: 9-4-1 overall, 2-1-1 in division

Snapshot: Seattle scored a pair of second-half touchdowns to break open a slugfest and cruise to the victory. Wide receiver Tyler Lockett had seven catches for 130 yards, including a 57-yard score in the fourth quarter to cement the win.

Notable: Seattle held the Rams to 183 total yards, including just 47 on the ground. The Seahawks clinched the NFC West with the victory, their third division title in the past four years. They improved to 7-0 at home on the season.

Quotable:  “We’ve already seen how that goes. I’m sure you guys have seen that play enough times.” – cornerback Richard Sherman, on his reason for yelling at coach Pete Carroll for throwing on first-and-goal from the 1.

Injury update: Punter Jon Ryan suffered a concussion when he was hit hard after picking up 26 yards on a fake punt.

Next up: The Seahawks will host the Cardinals in Week 16

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Last time out: Seahawks 24, Rams 3

Record: 4-10 overall, 2-2 in division

Snapshot: The Rams played their first game under interim coach John Fassel but the result was similar to the past. Quarterback Jared Goff finished 13-of-25 for 135 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions before leaving the game with a concussion.

Notable: The disappointing season for Todd Gurley continued. He had a 22-yard run but still finished with only 38 yards rushing on 14 carries. Los Angeles has lost five straight games.

Quotable: “I’m going to keep fighting for these guys because this is the last time the locker room is going to look like this. That’s just to be honest. There’s a lot of guys that aren’t going to be here next year, and they expect me to perform the way that I am, and to perform well. And I’m going to continue to do that until the end of the year.” – offensive lineman Rodger Saffold, via therams.com, on trying to finish the season strong.

Injury update: Goff was concussed on a hit from Sherman when he made a dash for the end zone rather than step out of bounds. He is in the concussion protocol.

Next up: The Rams will host the 49ers in Week 16

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