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Around The NFC West: Week 16

The Seahawks clinch a playoff berth with a win over the Chiefs

WR Doug Baldwin tips a pass and corrals it against the Chiefs
WR Doug Baldwin tips a pass and corrals it against the Chiefs


Last time out: Bears 14, 49ers 9

Record: 4-11 overall, 1-4 in division

Snapshot: San Francisco quarterback Nick Mullens threw incomplete on fourth–and-4 from the Chicago 45 in the waning moments as Chicago escaped with the win. The 49ers held a 9-7 lead at the half, but Bears running back Jordan Howard scored a on a 2-yard touchdown run in the third quarter for the only points after intermission.

Notable: Cornerback Richard Sherman was ejected for his part in a scuffle in the fourth quarter, which began after Chicago players took exception to a hit by 49ers safety Marcell Harris on quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. Bears wide receivers Anthony Miller and Josh Bellamy were also tossed.

Quotable: "I'm a grown man. You don't grab, pull on me. I don't put my hands on you, you don't put your hands on me. You put your hands on me, you're gonna feel me. I felt like they went over the top, and I responded with over-the-top." – Sherman, via ESPN, on the fracas that led to his ejection

Key Stat: 399. The number of defensive plays without a takeaway for the 49ers before defensive end DeForest Buckner finally came up with a fumble recovery against the Bears.

Next up: The 49ers travel to play the Rams in Week 17


Last time out: Seahawks 38, Chiefs 31

Record: 9-6 overall, 2-3 in division

Snapshot: Running back Chris Carson capped an impressive late drive with a 1-yard touchdown run to give Seattle a 10-point lead and seal the win. Quarterback Russell Wilson was 18-of-29 for 271 yards and three touchdowns as the Seahawks clinched a wild card berth.

Notable: Wide receiver Doug Baldwin caught seven passes for 126 yards and a touchdown. Carson had 116 yards rushing and two scores. Seattle has won five of its past six games after a 4-5 start. Coach Pete Carroll was given a contract extension through 2021 on Monday.

Quotable: "You hear the 4-12 predictions, the 5-11 and that stuff motivates you. We kept believing." – linebacker K.J. Wright, via the Associated Press, on Seattle's return to the playoffs despite projections of a rebuild.

Injury Update: Guard J.R. Sweezy left the game with an ankle injury. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski was injured on a field goal attempt in the second half and didn't do kickoffs the rest of the way.

Next up: The Seahawks host the Cardinals in Week 17

Images of the Cardinals cheerleaders during the Week 8 matchup vs. San Francisco


Last time out: Rams 31, Cardinals 9

Record: 12-3 overall, 5-0 in division

Snapshot: Los Angeles rushed for 269 yards without running back Todd Gurley to cruise to the win. C.J. Anderson carried the ball 20 times for 167 yards and a touchdown after being signed midweek. Quarterback Jared Goff was 19-of-24 for 216 yards and a touchdown as the Rams broke a two-game losing streak.

Notable: Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald had three sacks in the game to elevate his total to a league-best 19½ on the year. The NFL record for sacks is 22½, set by Giants defensive end Michael Strahan in 2001. Wide receiver Robert Woods had six catches for 89 yards with a receiving touchdown and a rushing score.

Quotable: "That boy came off the couch and did his thing, didn't he? He's a good football player." -- Donald on the standout rushing performance by Anderson

Injury Update: Gurley warmed up before the game but the Rams decided to be cautious and kept him sidelined.

Next up: The Rams host the 49ers in Week 17