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Around The NFC West - Week 17

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


The Rams and Giants scramble for a fumble during New York's win over St. Louis Sunday.


Last time out: Chargers 38, 49ers 35 (OT)

Record: 7-8 overall, 1-4 in division

Snapshot: The 49ers blew a 21-point halftime lead, losing on a Nick Novak 40-yard field goal in overtime. San Diego quarterback Philip Rives converted a pair of fourth-and-longs on the final drive and then found Malcom Floyd for an 11-yard touchdown with 29 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter to force overtime. Rivers finished 33-of-54 for 356 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.

Notable: 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick had the longest run of the season for a quarterback, scampering 90 yards into the end zone for a 35-21 lead late in the third quarter. San Francisco rushed 40 times for a franchise-record 355 yards but couldn't hold on. The 49ers crossed midfield in overtime but Quinton Patton fumbled, leading to San Diego's winning kick.

Quotable: 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh after the loss: "Right now there's not much to say. That's a tough one."

Injury update:Linebacker Chris Borland was placed on injured reserve with an ankle injury prior to the game and safety Eric Reid suffered a concussion during the contest.

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


Last time out: Seahawks 35, Cardinals 6

Record: 11-4 overall,

Snapshot: Quarterback Russell Wilson was 20-of-31 passing for 339 yards and two touchdowns while adding six carries for 88 yards and a score. Seattle led 14-6 heading into the fourth quarter and then scored three quick touchdowns to cruise to the win.

Notable: Running back Marshawn Lynch evoked memories of his multiple-tackle-breaking touchdown run in the 2010 postseason against the Saints, shedding four tackles on a 79-yard rumble into the end zone. He sat out the first quarter with reported stomach issues but finished with 10 carries for 113 yards and two scores. The Seattle defense held Cardinals quarterback Ryan Lindley to 18-of-44 passing for 216 yards.

Quotable: Cornerback Richard Sherman, when asked if he thought the Seahawks would get to 11-4 following a 3-3 start: "No, I thought we were going to be 13-3."

Key number:596. Total yards for the Seahawks, a franchise record.

Next up: The Seahawks host the Rams in Week 17


Last time out: Giants 37, Rams 27

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

Snapshot:  Wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr. continued his torrid rookie campaign with eight catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns as the Giants offense sizzled. Quarterback Eli Manning finished 25-of-32 for 391 yards and three touchdowns.

Notable: Four players were ejected during a mid-game fight. It began when Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree delivered a late hit on Beckham, Jr. out of bounds. Giants wide receiver Preston Parker, Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, Giants defensive end Damontre Moore and Rams defensive end William Hayes were tossed.  The Rams fell behind 20-3 and a late rally wasn't enough.

Quotable: Safety T.J. McDonald on the melee: "Emotions got into the game. We took it a little too far."

Key number: 0. Touchdowns allowed by the Rams in their past three games before New York's offensive explosion.

Next up: The Rams travel to Seattle in Week 17

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