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Around The NFC West - Week 13

A look at the Cardinals' divisional opponents, as well as upcoming foe Atlanta


San Francisco wide receiver Anquan Boldin fights for yardage Sunday during the 49ers' win over Washington.


Last time out: 49ers 17, Redskins 13

Record: 7-4 overall, 1-2 in division

Snapshot: Running back Carlos Hyde scored on a four-yard touchdown run with 2:59 left as the 49ers rallied past the Redskins. Washington had a last-gasp final drive, but defensive end Justin Smith forced a fumble and linebacker Ahmad Brooks recovered it to seal the win.

Notable: The 49ers held Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III to 11-of-19 passing for 106 yards. San Francisco running back Frank Gore converted a fourth-and-1 in 49ers territory to continue the game-winning drive. 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick finished 20-of-29 for 256 yards with a touchdown and interception.

Quotable: 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh on Kaepernick, via "He made just so many good throws over and over again. He played a great game – had one ill-advised throw the entire game. He bought time in the pocket and was excellent at the line of scrimmage in the checks. He's a great player. I don't know how everybody else doesn't see it that way."

Key number: 3.1. Yards per pass for Washington as the 49ers moved up to second in the NFL in pass defense with the dominant display.

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


Last time out: Seahawks 19, Cardinals 3

Record: 7-4 overall, 1-1 in division

Snapshot: The Seahawks defense allowed only 204 total yards as Seattle got back into the NFC West race with the win. Quarterback Russell Wilson was 17-of-22 for 211 yards and a touchdown through the air and added 10 carries for 73 yards.

Notable: Kicker Steven Hauschka hit four field goals as the Seahawks were continually set up with good field position. Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton finished 14-of-26 for 149 yards and an interception. Wilson was sacked seven times but escaped a few others and turned them into key plays.

Quotable: Running back Marshawn Lynch's answer to most postgame questions after receiving a $100,000 fine for refusing to speak to the media one week prior: "Yeah."

Key number: Two. Games back of the Cardinals in the division with five to play. A loss would have effectively eliminated Seattle from contention in the NFC West.

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


Last time out: Chargers 27, Rams 24

Record: 4-7 overall, 2-2 in division

Snapshot: Quarterback Shaun Hill was intercepted by Marcus Gilchrist on second-and-goal from the 4 with 56 seconds remaining as the Chargers held on for the win. The Rams were looking to knock off San Diego and Denver in back-to-back weeks but fell short.

Notable: Both teams had defensive touchdowns. St. Louis cornerback Janoris Jenkins returned an interception 99 yards to give the Rams an early 10-3 lead. San Diego linebacker Andrew Gachkar returned a fumble 13 yards to put the Chargers ahead 20-10. Chargers running back Ryan Mathews had 12 carries for 105 yards and a score.

Quotable: Hill on the goal-line interception: "The coaches put the ball in my hands with a chance to win the game, and I appreciate that. I let them down. There's no way you can sit there and second-guess the play-calling. If you're going to second-guess anything, second-guess the guy who didn't execute the play, and that's me."

Key number: 5. Fourth-quarter interceptions by the Rams when trailing by seven points or less in the fourth quarter, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Next up: The Rams host the Raiders in Week 13


Last time out: Browns 26, Falcons 24

Record: 4-7

Snapshot: Cleveland kicker Billy Cundiff hit a 37-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Browns to victory. Cleveland quarterback Brian Hoyer threw three interceptions but connected on four passes on the final drive to set up the field goal. The Falcons had taken the lead on a 53-yard boot from Matt Bryant with 44 seconds left in the game.

Notable: The Falcons gave up 313 passing yards and are worst in the league in that category. Despite the loss, they remained atop the AFC South when the Saints fell to the Ravens on Monday Night. Atlanta is the only division leader in the NFL with fewer than seven wins.

Quotable: Coach Mike Smith on stopping the clock with a timeout on 3rd-and-2 before Bryant's go-ahead field goal: "The 53-yarder was definitely outside the range we set prior to the game. We wanted to get a first down, and we felt like we had a play. That's why we called the timeout. We came over and used it. They would've used the timeout probably if we hadn't."

Key number:0. Wins outside of the NFC South for Atlanta this season.

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