Around The NFC West: Week 11

Rams CB Lamarcus Joyner picks off a pass in the waning seconds to give his team a thrilling win over the Chiefs.
Rams CB Lamarcus Joyner picks off a pass in the waning seconds to give his team a thrilling win over the Chiefs

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Last time out: The 49ers had a bye in Week 11

Record: 2-8 overall, 0-3 in division

Bye-week synopsis: The 49ers’ hopes of a turnaround in 2018 were extinguished when standout quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL in Week 3. Third-string quarterback Nick Mullens had a great debut two weeks ago but the jury is still out on his staying power. San Francisco isn’t as bad as its record would suggest, as five of its losses have come by one possession, but it’s tough to win in the NFL without a quarterback. The 49ers are currently on pace for the No. 1 overall pick in next year’s draft.

Next up: The 49ers travel to face the Buccaneers in Week 12

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Last time out: Seahawks 27, Packers 24

Record: 5-5 overall, 1-2 in division

Snapshot: Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson found tight end Ed Dickson for a 15-yard touchdown with 5:08 left in the fourth quarter for the game-winning points. The Packers punted on fourth-and-2 from their 33 on the ensuing possession and never got the ball back.

Notable: Wilson was 21-of-31 for 225 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Chris Carson had 17 carries for 83 yards and a touchdown, as the Seahawks racked up 173 yards on the ground at 4.9 yards per rush. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers was 21-of-30 for 332 yards and two touchdowns but threw a poor pass on the Packers’ third down before the punt.

Quotable: “We've been through so much throughout this season it was time to get over the hump. We've been down, we've been up, we've lost close games, we've won close games. It was time.” – linebacker Bobby Wagner, via the Associated Press, on the crucial win for Seattle’s playoff chances

Key Stat: 48. Seattle’s percentage chance of making the playoffs, per ESPN, an 18 percent jump from last week.

Next up: The Seahawks travel to play the Panthers in Week 12

Images of the Cardinals cheerleaders during the Week 8 matchup vs. San Francisco

LOS ANGELES RAMS

Last time out: Rams 54, Chiefs 51

Record: 10-1 overall, 4-0 in division

Snapshot: The Rams intercepted Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes twice in the waning moments to hold on in a high-octane showdown. Mahomes finished with 478 yards passing, six touchdowns and three interceptions, while Rams quarterback Jared Goff threw for 413 yards and four scores. Los Angeles took the lead for a good on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Goff to Gerald Everett with 1:49 remaining.

Notable: Rams defensive end Samson Ebukam had a pair of defensive touchdowns, returning a fumble 11 yards for a score in the second quarter and taking an interception back 25 yards for a score in the third quarter. Tyreek Hill had 10 catches for 215 yards and two touchdowns for Kansas City.

Quotable: “It was a whirlwind. I feel like I might need a couple of beverages to relax tonight, but it was great. This is what you love so much about the game.” – Rams coach Sean McVay, via the Associated Press, on the thrilling contest

Key Stat: 50. The number of points surpassed by both teams, the first time in NFL history that had ever been done.

Next up: The Rams travel to play the Lions in Week 12

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