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Around The NFC West: Week 12

Seahawks get a big win in Carolina while the 49ers fall again

Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (16) catches a pass in front of Carolina Panthers' Captain Munnerlyn to set up the game-winning field goal.
Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett (16) catches a pass in front of Carolina Panthers' Captain Munnerlyn to set up the game-winning field goal.


Last time out: Buccaneers 27, 49ers 9

Record: 2-9 overall, 0-3 in division

Snapshot: Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 312 yards and two touchdowns as the Bucs pulled away for the win. San Francisco quarterback Nick Mullens struggled, completing 18-of-32 passes for 221 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions.

Notable: The 49ers had the ball at the Tampa Bay 1 in the third quarter, trailing 13-6, but a no gain on third down and a subsequent false start forced them to settle for a field goal. 49ers linebacker Reuben Foster was arrested at the team hotel the night before the game on one count of domestic violence. He didn't play and was released on Monday.

Quotable: "I mentioned the progress he's been making in a lot of areas of his life, and unfortunately (Saturday) showed extremely poor judgment, and for that we made this decision." – 49ers GM John Lynch, via, on the choice to cut ties with Foster after a rash of off-field issues

Key Stat: 4. Interceptions for Mullens in the past two games after a sterling debut against the Giants.

Next up: The 49ers travel to play the Seahawks in Week 13

Some of the top images from the Cardinals' 18-15 win in Week 8


Last time out: Seahawks 30, Panthers 27

Record: 6-5 overall, 1-2 in division

Snapshot: Seahawks kicker Sebastian Janikowski hit a game-winning 31-yard field goal as time expired to cap a late rally. Seattle scored 10 points in the final 3:26 to sneak out of Carolina with the victory. Quarterback Russell Wilson was 22-of-31 for 339 yards and two touchdowns.

Notable: Wide receivers Tyler Lockett and David Moore each had more than 100 yards receiving and a touchdown. Carolina's Christian McCaffrey had 125 rushing yards, 112 receiving yards and two touchdowns but the Seahawks were able to overcome it.

Quotable: "McCaffrey was awesome. Cam (Newton) was awesome. But when they got into the red zone, we stopped them." – Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, via the Associated Press, on bending but not breaking defensively

Key Stat: 5. The number of fumbles by Carolina in the game, all of which were recovered by the Panthers.

Next up: The Seahawks host the 49ers in Week 13

Images of the Cardinals' cheerleaders during the Week 4 matchup against Seattle at State Farm Stadium


Last time out: The Rams had a bye in Week 12

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

Bye-week synopsis: The Rams received a well-deserved break last week after a dominant start to the season. They are clearly 1 or 1A in the NFC race for the Super Bowl alongside the New Orleans Saints. Quarterback Jared Goff has thrown for 3,547 yards with 26 touchdowns and six interceptions this season, while running back Todd Gurley has rushed for 1,043 yards and has 17 total touchdowns. Defensive tackle Aaron Donald is making another Defensive Player of the Year case but the Rams have given up 25.6 points per game this season. A pair of games against the Saints and Chiefs skews that number, and Los Angeles should soon welcome back star cornerback Aqib Talib from injury. The Rams will aim to outlast New Orleans for the No. 1 seed in the NFC down the stretch.

Next up: The Rams travel to face the Lions in Week 13