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Around The NFC West: Week 14

Rams shut down by Bears, while Seahawks stay hot and 49ers win

Bears safety Eddie Jackson intercepts a pass intended for Rams wide receiver Josh Reynolds
Bears safety Eddie Jackson intercepts a pass intended for Rams wide receiver Josh Reynolds


Last time out: 49ers 20, Broncos 14

Record: 3-10 overall, 0-4 in division

Snapshot: The 49ers jumped out to a 20-0 halftime lead and held on for the victory. Tight end George Kittle had a monster game, catching seven passes for 210 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown in the second quarter. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for San Francisco.

Notable: San Francisco quarterback Nick Mullens kneeled the ball too early at the end of the fourth quarter, giving the Broncos a last-ditch effort to win the game. Denver gained 21 yards on the final play but did not get close to the end zone. Mullens finished 20-of-33 for 332 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Quotable: "When the ball is in the air, the play is just starting. He runs angry, he runs confidently and he looks to score on every catch." – 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan, via, on Kittle's yards-after-catch ability

Key Stat: 31. The number of years since a player accumulated 210 receiving yards in the first half of a game until Kittle did in this one. Seahawks wideout Steve Largent had 224 receiving yards in the first two quarters against the Lions in 1987.

Next up: The 49ers host the Seahawks in Week 15

Images of the five turnovers the Cardinals forced in their Week 5 road win against the 49ers


Last time out: Seahawks 21, Vikings 7

Record: 8-5 overall, 2-2 in division

Snapshot: Seattle held just a 3-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter but put up 18 points to pull away from the Vikings. Linebacker Bobby Wagner blocked a field goal by jumping over the line to preserve a 6-0 lead and the Seahawks scored two late touchdowns.

Notable: Cornerback Justin Coleman returned a fumble 29 yards for a score late in the fourth quarter. The defense pitched a shutout until Minnesota scored a garbage time touchdown with 1:10 remaining. The Seahawks ran for 214 yards in the game and averaged 5.1 yards per carry.

Quotable: "You don't have to be the dudes that used to be here. You can make the position special yourself. You don't have to be like (Richard Sherman), you don't have to be like Kam (Chancellor). Those are amazing players, they're once-in-a-lifetime players, so you don't have to be that, you just go out there and do your job." – Wagner, via, on the new-look defense making its own mark

Key Stat: 72. The number of passing yards, on 20 attempts, for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Next up: The Seahawks travel to face the 49ers in Week 15


Last time out: Bears 15, Rams 6

Record: 11-2 overall, 4-0 in division

Snapshot: Los Angeles' high-powered offense was shut down by the Chicago defense. Rams quarterback Jared Goff was 20-of-44 for 180 yards and four interceptions. He was also sacked in the end zone for a safety by Bears defensive tackle Eddie Goldman to break a 6-6 tie.

Notable: Running back Todd Gurley was also kept in check, carrying the ball 11 times for only 28 yards. The Rams defense did what it could to keep things close, as Marcus Peters, John Johnson III and Nickell Robey-Coleman each intercepted Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

Quotable: "I have to be better for our football team. This loss is on me. I didn't do a nearly good enough job for us today." Rams coach Sean McVay, via the Associated Press, after being unhappy with his play calls on offense

Key Stat: 23. The previous low point total for the Rams this season.

Next up: Los Angeles hosts the Eagles on "Sunday Night Football" in Week 15