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Around The NFC West - Week 3

The Seahawks routed the 49ers, while the Rams finally put up some points


Seahawks running back Christine Michael dives into the end zone for a touchdown in the win over the 49ers.


Last time out: Seahawks 37, 49ers 18

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

Snapshot: The 49ers' impressive opener is in the rearview mirror, as they didn't show much fight against a Seahawks team that had previously been struggling to score points. San Francisco trailed 30-3 after three quarters and Blaine Gabbert couldn't cut into the deficit. He finished 14-of-25 for 119 yards and an interception.

Notable: Running back Carlos Hyde was one of the few players who did well. He ran the ball 21 times for 103 yards and two touchdowns. The 49ers defense gave up 37 points and 418 yards of total offense against a team averaging 7.5 points per game through the first two weeks.

Quotable: "I don't look at (it like we're a) long ways from anything. I just know they were a better football team today." – coach Chip Kelly, via

Injury update:Cornerback Jimmy Ward left the game with a knee injury, but coach Chip Kelly said preliminary reports believe it's not a season-ending ACL tear.

Next up: The 49ers host the Dallas Cowboys in Week 4

Images from past matchups between the Cardinals and this week's opponent, the San Francisco 49ers


Last time out: Seahawks 37, 49ers 18

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

Snapshot: After two shaky games, the Seahawks finally looked like the Super Bowl contender many projected them to be before the season. Quarterback Russell Wilson was 15-of-23 for 243 yards and an interception, but had to leave the game with a knee sprain in the second half.

Notable: Tight end Jimmy Graham had one of his best days since joining the Seahawks, catching six passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. Doug Baldwin had eight catches for 164 yards and a score. The Seattle defense is proving to be among the league's best again, shutting down another opponent.

Quotable: "There is no challenge. He threw for 100 yards. … I think (Colin) Kaepernick gives the team a better chance of winning, but that's just my opinion." – Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett to the Seattle Times on the play of Gabbert

Injury update:Wilson is expected to practice on Wednesday despite the knee injury and a lingering ankle sprain. Running back Thomas Rawls will miss several weeks with a fibula injury.

Next up: The Seahawks travel to play the Jets in Week 4

Images of the Cardinals cheerleaders during the regular season finale against Seattle


Last time out: Rams 37, Buccaneers 32

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

Snapshot: The Buccaneers had three shots from the Los Angeles 15 as time dwindled, but quarterback Jameis Winston threw two incompletions and was brought down at the 5 as time expired. The Rams scored 37 points after combining for only nine in the first two weeks.

Notable: Running back Todd Gurley had 27 carries for 85 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Ethan Westbrooks returned a fumble 77 yards for a score early in the fourth quarter. There was a 69-minute weather delay with two minutes remaining in the contest.

Quotable: "It was weird. I guess that's kind of how hockey players (have it) with three periods. But to have that crucial of a moment being paused, it was tough. It was really tough, but guys responded." – quarterback Case Keenum, via, on waiting out the weather delay.

Key stat:2006. That's the last time the Rams started the season 2-1. They are tied with the Seahawks for first place in the NFC West early on.

Next up: The Rams travel to face the Cardinals in Week 4

The top images from the Cardinals' 27-3 victory over the Rams in Week 12

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