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Around The NFC West - Week 14

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


Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman returns one of his two interceptions against the 49ers Thanksgiving night.


Last time out: Seahawks 19, 49ers 3

Record: 7-5 overall, 1-3 in division

Snapshot: Seattle scored the first 16 points of the game and San Francisco never seriously threatened. The 49ers were shut out in the first half for the first time this season. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick finished the game 16-of-29 for 121 yards with two interceptions and Frank Gore had only 28 rushing yards on 10 carries.

Notable: San Francisco has made three consecutive NFC championship games but currently sits in the eighth spot in the conference, one game behind the two wild-card holders. The top six teams make the playoffs.

Quotable: Coach Jim Harbaugh on the way to get into the postseason down the stretch, via "We know what we have to do. We've got to win 'em all. We'll set our jaw to that."

Key number: 28. Receiving yards for Stevie Johnson, the most for any of the team's wide receivers.

Next up: The 49ers host the Raiders in Week 14


Last time out: Seahawks 19, 49ers 3

Record: 8-4 overall, 2-1 in division

Snapshot: Seattle has found its groove defensively, holding San Francisco to 164 total yards four days after limiting the Cardinals to 204. Quarterback Russell Wilson played well again, finishing 15-of-22 for 236 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 35 more.

Notable: Cornerback Richard Sherman had a pair of interceptions, one of which set up the only touchdown of the game. Kicker Steven Hauschka hit four field goals for the second consecutive week.

Quotable: Sherman, after telling his teammates he would secure the win if Kaepernick sent a pass his way near the end of the game, via "I was laughing the whole time. They threw it, and that was the ballgame."

Key number: 6. Total points given up by the Seahawks in the past two weeks against the 49ers and Cardinals in identical 19-3 wins.

Next up: The Seahawks travel to play the Eagles in Week 14


Last time out: Rams 52, Raiders 0

Record: 5-7 overall, 2-2 in division

Snapshot: It was a dominant performance in all facets. The Rams scored 21 points in the first quarter and never looked back. Running back Tre Mason had 14 carries for 117 yards and two touchdowns along with three catches for 47 yards and a score.

Notable: The defense allowed only 3.3 yards per play, forced five turnovers, had six sacks and a 43-yard interception return for a touchdown by Trumaine Johnson to finish up the scoring. It was the second-most lopsided victory in Rams history, trailing only a 59-0 win over Atlanta in 1976.

Quotable: Quarterback Shaun Hill on everything coming up aces, via "I'd have to think awfully hard to come up with another game that started off similar to the way that this one did. That was certainly fun."

Key number: 5. Consecutive St. Louis possessions which ended in touchdowns to begin the game.

Next up: The Rams travel to Washington in Week 14


Last time out: Broncos 29, Chiefs 16

Record: 7-5 overall

Snapshot: Peyton Manning only threw for 179 yards, but C.J. Anderson had 32 carries for 168 as the Broncos used the ground game to beat the Chiefs. Kansas City pulled to within 26-16 on a 12-yard pass from Alex Smith to Jamaal Charles early in the fourth quarter, but the two-point conversion failed and the Chiefs didn't score again.

Notable: Charles was held to 35 yards rushing on 10 carries after rushing for at least 67 in each of his past eight games. Quarterback Alex Smith threw for 153 yards and two touchdowns, but neither went to a wide receiver. No Chiefs wideout has caught a touchdown this year.

Quotable: Chiefs coach Andy Reid on losing two straight after a five-game winning streak, via the Associated Press: "We have to do a better job putting players in the right position and we have to do a better job executing when we're in that position. We get that fixed and we'll be back on track, but we've stalled the last two weeks. We have to get this thing turned around."

Injury update:Safety Eric Berry will miss the rest of the season after a mass believed to be lymphoma was found in his chest in the week leading up to the game.

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