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Around The NFC West - Week 15

A look at the Cardinals' divisional opponents, including upcoming foe St. Louis


Raiders linebacker Kahlil Mack (52) celebrates a sack of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during Oakland's upset win last Sunday.


Last time out: Raiders 24, 49ers 13

Record: 7-6 overall, 1-3 in division

Snapshot: In what was likely the death knell to their playoff hopes, the 49ers watched a three-point third-quarter lead disappear as the Raiders pulled off the unlikely upset. San Francisco is now two games behind the wild card teams with three to play. They've made the NFC championship game the past three seasons but have long odds to return to the postseason.

Notable: Oakland rookie quarterback Derek Carr outdueled Colin Kaepernick, throwing for 254 yards with three touchdowns. The 49ers' quarterback finished 18-of-33 for 174 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions. Kaepernick has thrown five interceptions and just two touchdowns in the past three games. San Francisco linebacker Ahmad Brooks did not play because he missed a meeting on Tuesday.

Quotable: Coach Jim Harbaugh, on remaining positive despite bleak postseason hopes, via "As my father-in-law Merle Feuerborn said, 'It's always darkest before the dawn.' So this could be the first minutes of our finest hour. That's the way we approach it."

Injury update:Linebacker NaVorro Bowman has been activated after missing the first 13 games with a knee injury.

Next up: The 49ers travel to Seattle in Week 15


Last time out: Seahawks 24, Eagles 14

Record: 9-4 overall, 2-1 in division

Snapshot: The Seattle defense continued to dominate, holding the Eagles to 139 total yards, the fewest under coach Chip Kelly. Philadelphia quarterback Mark Sanchez finished 10-of-20 for 96 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Notable: Seattle has won three straight and six of its past seven after a 3-3 start. Quarterback Russell Wilson threw for 263 yards and two touchdowns and added 10 carries for 48 yards and a score.

Quotable: Linebacker K.J. Wright on slowing down the high-flying Eagles, via "We knew we had them. You take away what they're good at. In boxing, you take away their jab, you've pretty much got them beat. That's what we did."

Key number: 4. Consecutive seasons over 1,000 rushing yards for Marshawn Lynch, who surpassed that number this season with 86 against the Eagles.

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


Last time out: Rams 24, Redskins 0

Record: 6-7 overall, 2-2 in division

Snapshot:  The Rams shut out their second consecutive opponent for the first time since 1945. They've outscored the Raiders and Redskins 76-0 in that span. Washington amassed only 12 carries for 27 yards and quarterback Colt McCoy was 20-of-32 for 199 yards with two interceptions.

Notable: Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin returned a punt 78 yards for a score to put the finishing touches on the victory. Shaun Hill was 16-of-22 for 213 yards and two touchdowns. The Rams are 3-1 since his return to the lineup, including a victory over the Broncos.

Quotable: Defensive tackle Michael Brockers, when notified how long it's been since the team had two consecutive shutouts, via the Associated Press: "1945? We're about to shut out three! When's the last time we shut out three?"

Key number: 34. Sacks the Rams have posted in the past eight games, the most in the NFL.

Next up: The Rams host the Cardinals on Thursday in Week 15

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