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Around The NFC West

Posted Dec 3, 2013

A look at the Cardinals' divisional foes - including upcoming opponent St. Louis

Rams defensive end Chris Long and 49ers tackle Anthony Davis battle this past weekend.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Last time out: 49ers 23, Rams 13

Record: 8-4, 3-1 in division

Snapshot: The 49ers defense allowed only six points until the Rams scored a meaningless touchdown with 18 seconds remaining. San Francisco has now won two consecutive games and leads the Cardinals and Eagles by a game for the second wild card.

Notable: Michael Crabtree had two catches for 68 yards – including a 60-yarder – in his season debut. The standout wide receiver had been out since tearing his Achilles in May.

Quotable: Tight end Vernon Davis, on his decision to leap over a defender for his 50th career receiving touchdown: “Pretty much my whole career, anytime I have the ball in my hands, defenders will go for my knees, my ankles,” Davis told 49ers.com. “At that moment, I just said, ‘I’m going to jump over this guy.’”

Injury update: All-Pro left tackle Joe Staley sprained his right MCL on San Francisco’s first possession and didn’t play the rest of the game.

Next up: The 49ers host the Seahawks in Week 14.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Last time out: Seahawks 34, Saints 7

Record: 11-1 overall, 3-0 in division

Snapshot: Seattle became the first team in the NFL to clinch a playoff berth with a resounding victory over New Orleans. The Seahawks have the league’s best record and are in great shape to take the No. 1 seed into the NFC postseason.

Notable: Quarterback Russell Wilson was 22-of-30 for 310 yards and three touchdowns in the win. The Seahawks held the explosive Saints offense to 188 total yards.

Quotable: Safety Earl Thomas, after Seattle won its 14th consecutive home game: “Everybody knows it’s hard to come in here and beat us,” he told Seahawks.com. “We’ve been having the same success on the road, but when we play at home, magic happens.”

Key number: 147. Passing yards for New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees in the loss, 89 fewer than his previous season-low output.

Next up:  The Seahawks play at San Francisco in Week 14.

ST. LOUIS RAMS

Last time out: 49ers 23, Rams 13

Record: 5-7 overall, 1-3 in division

Snapshot: The Rams entered the game on a two-game winning streak with a glimmer of hope to stay in the playoff race, but this loss likely closes that opportunity. An offense which scored 80 combined points the past two games couldn’t get a touchdown until under a minute remaining.

Notable: Quarterback Kellen Clemens struggled, completing 19-of-38 passes for 218 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The defense only forced one turnover.

Quotable: Coach Jeff Fisher, on his unsuccessful fake punt call in the fourth quarter: “Sometimes we take chances and sometimes it doesn’t work,” he told stlouisrams.com.

Key number: 275. Passing yards given up to San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, nearly 100 more than the 49ers’ average.

Next up: The Rams play at the Cardinals in Week 14.

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