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Around The NFC West: Week 1

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throws a pass over Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Minneapolis.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo throws a pass over Minnesota Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter (99) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Minneapolis.

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Last time out: Vikings 24, 49ers 16

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

Snapshot: The Vikings took control early in the contest and then held off the 49ers in the fourth quarter to begin the year with a victory. Minnesota safety Harrison Smith intercepted Jimmy Garoppolo with 1:35 remaining to clinch the win.

Notable: The 49ers lost for the first time in six Garoppolo starts. He finished 15-of-33 for 261 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. Running back Alfred Morris fumbled at the 2-yard-line late in the first half to take away an expected touchdown. DeForest Buckner had two-and-a-half sacks in the loss.

Quotable: “We knew it was going to be a tough challenge with the environment, going against a good team and they stood up to everything we thought they would. With all the things that went bad, we still had a shot at the end there. It’s a tough way to end it." – Garoppolo, via 49ers.com, on coming up short

Injury Update: Wide receiver Marquise Goodwin left the game with a quadriceps contusion and is questionable for next week.

Next up: The 49ers will host the Detroit Lions in Week 2

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Last time out: Broncos 27, Seahawks 24

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

Snapshot: New-look Seattle was in a back-and-forth affair against the Broncos and fell short. Russell Wilson hit Tyler Lockett for a go-ahead 51-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter but Denver responded with a touchdown to pull out the win. Wilson was 19-of-33 for 298 yards with three touchdowns but was picked twice and sacked six times.

Notable: Broncos pass-rusher Von Miller was dominant, as he had three sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. Seahawks safety Earl Thomas had an interception. He returned to the team in the week leading up to the game after holding out during training camp in hopes of a new contract.

Quotable: “We felt the inexperience. At the end of the day, I feel like when you have new guys that buy into the system it’s always going to take time to mesh. We’re still young.” – defensive end Frank Clark, via Seahawks.com, on the new-look defense

Injury Update: Wide receiver Doug Baldwin left the game with a knee injury and could miss a few weeks.

Next up: The Seahawks travel to play the Bears in Week 2

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Last time out: Rams 33, Raiders 13

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

Snapshot: The Rams trailed at the half but scored 23 unanswered after intermission to cruise to the win. Todd Gurley carried the ball 20 times for 108 yards and added three catches for 39 yards and a touchdown. The Rams improved to 8-1 on the road under Sean McVay.

Notable: Oakland quarterback Derek Carr was picked off three times, with one apiece by Marcus Peters, Cory Littleton and John Johnson III. Peters returned his interception 50 yards for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to seal the win. The Rams’ big issue on defense was slowing down Raiders tight end Jared Cook, who caught nine passes for 180 yards.

Quotable: “They’re a good defensive team, they’ve added a lot of pieces. And they’re going to be a challenging opponent for a lot of offenses.” – Raiders coach Jon Gruden, via the San Francisco Chronicle, on the Rams’ star-studded defense

Key Stat: 3. That was the Rams’ positive turnover differential as they didn’t give the ball away.

Next up: The Rams host the Cardinals in Week 2

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