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A look at the Cardinals' divisional opponents, as the Cards have their bye weekend


The 49ers lost to the Cardinals to fall to 1-2 on the season.


Last time out: Cardinals 23, 49ers 14

Record: 1-2, 0-1 in division

Snapshot: The 49ers scored touchdowns on their first two possessions but were shut out the rest of the way as the Cardinals rallied for the win. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick was 29-of-37 for 245 yards with a touchdown and added a team-high 54 yards rushing, but was bottled up in the second half after dominating the first two quarters. Running back Frank Gore had only six carries for 10 yards.

Notable: The 49ers defense, one of the NFL's top units the past few seasons, did not register a sack and only forced one turnover. Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton finished 18-of-33 for 244 yards and two touchdowns without an interception.

Quotable: Linebacker Patrick Willis on responding to two straight losses: "For us, we're just going to continue to fight and compete. That's what we do. We don't make excuses. We'll go back to work next week. That's what makes it fun. It's easy when you're winning games and everybody is patting you on the back about how good you are."

Key number: 49. The number of points San Francisco has been outscored by in the second half in this season, allowing 52 and scoring three.

Next up: The 49ers host the Eagles in Week 4


Last time out: Seahawks 26, Broncos 20 (OT)

Record: 2-1

Snapshot: Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning led a last-minute drive in regulation to tie the score, but the Seahawks received the ball first in overtime and never gave it up. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch scored on a 6-yard run to secure the victory in the Super Bowl rematch.

Notable: The Seahawks held a 17-3 lead in the fourth quarter but the Broncos didn't go quietly, tying the game on a 26-yard pass from Manning to Jacob Tamme and a subsequent two-point conversion. Manning finished 31-of-49 for 303 yards with two touchdowns and an interception and engineered the final 80-yard drive in 41 seconds.

Quotable: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, via, on the back-and-forth ending: "It was a tremendous game. If anybody loves football, or doesn't like football, if you turn that game on, it was one for the ages."

Key number: 29.The margin of victory decrease for Seattle after rolling to a 43-8 win over Denver in the Super Bowl.

Next up: The Seahawks are idle in Week 4


Last time out: Cowboys 34, Rams 31

Record: 1-2

Snapshot: The Rams led 21-0 in the second quarter but couldn't hold on. The Cowboys went ahead 28-24 on an 11-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Terrence Williams with 6:13 remaining in the fourth quarter, and Bruce Carter returned an interception 25 yards for a score 15 seconds later.

Notable: Third-string quarterback Austin Davis was 30-of-42 for 327 yards with three touchdowns for St. Louis, but threw two interceptions, including the late pick-six. The Rams are 0-2 at home and 1-0 on the road.

Quotable: Linebacker James Laurinaitis to on the game unraveling: "When you've got a 21-point lead, you think, 'We're going to take care of this, here.' The worst thing that can happen defensively is give up big, explosive touchdowns, because that's how those leads get cut real quick."

Key number:Zero. The number of sacks by the Rams' defense in the game. They have just one on the season, last in the NFL.

Next up: The Rams are idle in Week 4

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