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Around The NFC West - Week 16

A look at the Cardinals' divisional opponents, including upcoming foe Seattle


San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick tries to escape Seahawks pass rushers during the 49ers' 17-7 loss to Seattle last weekend.


Last time out: Seahawks 17, 49ers 7

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

Snapshot: The 49ers held a 7-3 lead late in the third quarter but couldn't answer after Seattle went ahead. San Francisco has been eliminated from playoff contention, the first time in coach Jim Harbaugh's four-year tenure the team has failed to reach the postseason.

Notable: The 49ers were upset with a questionable roughing the passer call which kept Seattle's final touchdown drive alive. Quarterback Russell Wilson was hit by linebacker Nick Moody and the penalty gave the Seahawks a first down. Wilson then found wide receiver Paul Richardson from 10 yards out for a 17-7 lead.

Quotable: Coach Jim Harbaugh, on the rampant speculation he will not coach the 49ers next season, via the Associated Press: "I don't want to get too far out in front of our headlights. We're going to focus all our energy on this week."

Injury update: Running back Frank Gore scored San Francisco's only touchdown but later left the game with a concussion. Linebacker Chris Borland (ankle) and running back Carlos Hyde (knee) also left the game with injuries.

Next up: The 49ers host the Chargers on Saturday in Week 16


Last time out: Seahawks 17, 49ers 7

Record: 10-4 overall, 3-1 in division

Snapshot: Running back Marshawn Lynch had 21 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown and the Seahawks used another stingy defensive effort to win their fourth straight game. Seattle didn't force a turnover but it held 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to 11-of-19 passing for 141 yards with no touchdowns.

Notable: The Seahawks have only given up 27 points combined in their past four games and are the only team in the NFL allowing fewer than 300 yards of total offense per game (272.4). They sacked Kaepernick six times and didn't allow San Francisco past the Seattle 38 in the second half.

Quotable: Coach Pete Carroll, on the playoff implications of Sunday's matchup against the Cardinals, via "I didn't even mention it. That's not stuff we talk about. It's so obvious why we don't talk about it. We've been preparing for championship games all season long and playing like they are. The more you do that, the more comfortable I hope we feel with the big setting that this one brings and all the hype that people are going to put on it."

Injury update: Left tackle Russell Okung suffered a bruised lung against the 49ers and is not likely to play against the Cardinals.

Next up: The Seahawks visit the Cardinals on Sunday Night Football in Week 16


Last time out: Cardinals 12, Rams 6

Record: 6-8 overall, 2-3 in division

Snapshot:  Cardinals backup quarterback Drew Stanton was knocked from the game in the third quarter with a knee injury, but the Rams still couldn't find enough offense to pull out the win. St. Louis went three-and-out on five consecutive drives to begin the second half.

Notable: The Rams had a fourth-and-goal from the Arizona 1 with 6:10 remaining in the fourth quarter. Coach Jeff Fisher chose the field goal to make it a six-point deficit, but the Cardinals held on St. Louis' final two possessions. The Cardinals became the first team in the NFL this year to win a game without scoring a touchdown.

Quotable: Tight end Jared Cook on the outcome: "We got outplayed and we got outcoached and we just put a bad display out there. It's pretty self-explanatory."

Key number: 33. Rushing yards for Tre Mason after averaging 89.5 the previous four weeks.

Next up: The Rams host the Giants in Week 16

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