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Posted Dec 10, 2013

Check out what's going on with the Cardinals' division foes -- and upcoming opponent Tennessee

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Last time out: 49ers 19, Seahawks 17

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

Snapshot: Phil Dawson hit a 22-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining to lift San Francisco over Seattle. The 49ers are now in good shape to earn a wild card berth and attempt to defend their NFC title.

Notable: Running back Frank Gore had 110 yards rushing, including a 51-yard scamper to set up the game-winning kick. Dawson hit four field goals, including a 50-yarder.

Quotable: Wide receiver Michael Crabtree on the competitiveness of the game:  “It felt like a heavyweight fight,” he told 49ers.com.

Key number: 6. The largest lead for either side throughout the contest.

Next up: The 49ers play at Tampa Bay in Week 15.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Last time out: 49ers 19, Seahawks 17

Record: 11-2 overall, 3-1 in division

Snapshot: The Seahawks took a one-point lead on a Steven Hauschka field goal with 6:20 left in the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold on. Seattle would have clinched the division with a victory.

Notable: Seattle’s lead for the No. 1 seed is down to one game with three remaining, although it does hold the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Saints.

Quotable: Safety Earl Thomas on the back-and-forth affair: “We had them, then we let them off the leash,” he told Seahawks.com. “We had them, then we let them off again. We gave them this game, and they know it. They just capitalized off our mistakes, and that’s what good teams do.”

Key number: 1. Rushing first downs for the Seahawks, who have the third-best ground attack in the NFL.

Next up:  The Seahawks travel to play the Giants in Week 15.

ST. LOUIS RAMS

Last time out: Cardinals 30, Rams 10

Record: 5-8 overall, 1-4 in division

Snapshot: Kellen Clemens threw a pick-six and was sacked for a safety in the third quarter as the Cardinals pulled away. St. Louis was officially eliminated from playoff contention with the loss.

Notable: Running back Zac Stacy carried the ball 14 times for only 25 yards and a touchdown, his worst output since becoming the starter.

Quotable: Clemens, on the throw which was intercepted by Karlos Dansby and returned for a score: “I wish I would have just either held on to it or found a way to dirt it in a different location.”

Key number: 49. Combined receiving yards for Rams receivers Chris Givens, Austin Pettis and Tavon Austin. They each caught only one pass.

Next up: The Rams host the Saints in Week 15.

THIS WEEK’S OPPONENT: TENNESSEE TITANS

Last time out: Broncos 51, Titans 28

Record: 5-8 overall

Snapshot: Tennessee led 21-10 midway through the second quarter but gave up 41 points in the game’s final 32 minutes.

Notable: Broncos kicker Matt Prater set an NFL record by connecting on a 64-yard field goal as the first half expired. Titans’ rookie wide receiver Justin Hunter surpassed 100 yards receiving for the second time in three weeks, catching four passes for 114 yards and a touchdown.

Quotable: Offensive lineman Michael Roos on the early lead evaporating: “I felt like we were taking it to them and had control of the game for a little while,” he told TitansOnline.com. “Little by little, it just started to slip away from us.”

Key number: 4. The number of drives, out of 13, in which the Broncos failed to score.

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