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Around The NFC West - Week 7

A look at the Cardinals' divisional opponents, as well as upcoming foe Oakland


San Francisco wide receiver Brandon Lloyd leaps beyond the outstretched arms of St. Louis cornerback en route to an 80-yard touchdown in Monday night's 49ers win.


Last time out: 49ers 31, Rams 17

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

Snapshot: San Francisco fell into a 14-0 hole after one quarter but dominated the rest of the way. Quarterback Colin Kaepernick finished 22-of-36 for 343 yards and three touchdowns.

Notable: Kaepernick found Brandon Lloyd for an 80-yard touchdown with 14 seconds remaining in the first half to cut the deficit to 14-10 at intermission. Dontae Johnson sealed the win by returning an interception 20 yards for a touchdown with 53 seconds remaining in the game.

Quotable: Coach Jim Harbuagh on Kaepernick, via "I've done drills with a lot of quarterbacks through the years and nobody plays like this guy does. Can't really attribute to any drills or any practice. He's got a way."

Injury update: Star linebacker Patrick Willis injured his toe early in the third quarter and didn't return. Guard Mike Iupati left in the third quarter with a concussion.

Next up: The 49ers travel to play the Broncos in Week 7


Last time out: Cowboys 30, Seahawks 23

Record: 3-2

Snapshot: DeMarco Murray scored on a 15-yard touchdown run with 3:16 left for the go-ahead score as Dallas upset the Seahawks. The Seattle offense was subpar, as quarterback Russell Wilson finished 14-of-28 for 126 yards and an interception and the team had only 206 total yards.

Notable: Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw for 250 yards with two touchdowns and no interception. The vaunted Seattle secondary is allowing 252.2 yards per game through the air, 19th in the NFL.

Quotable: Wide receiver Doug Baldwin on the offensive struggles, via The Seattle Times: "What do you think, man? We're frustrated. The offense can't (expletive) move the ball. We've got too much (expletive) talent over here not to be moving the ball."

Key number: 38. The highest yardage total for an opposing running back facing the Seahawks, until Murray finished with 115 yards on 29 carries.

Next up: The Seahawks play at St. Louis in Week 7


Last time out: 49ers 31, Rams 17

Record: 1-4 overall, 0-1 in division

Snapshot: St. Louis scored only three points in the second half as the 49ers rallied for the win. Quarterback Austin Davis had 103 yards passing in the first quarter but finished 21-of-42 for 236 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

Notable: The Rams didn't record a sack for the fourth time in five games. They have only one on the year, the worst start by an NFL team since sacks began getting tracked in 1981. It's especially surprising because St. Louis was thought to have one of the best defensive lines in the league entering the season. Defensive end Robert Quinn had 19 sacks a season ago and has zero this year.

Quotable: Linebacker James Laurinaitis on hanging with another good team but ultimately losing, via "I don't think it's a great reflection of the talent we have on this team, but you are what your record says you are. I'm not going to make excuses for us. We have to figure out ways to win."

Key number: 1. Career starts for No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson, who moved into the lineup at left guard against the 49ers.

Next up: The Rams host the Seahawks in Week 7


Last time out: Chargers 31, Raiders 28

Record: 0-5

Snapshot: The Raiders hung tough, holding a 28-24 lead until Chargers running back Branden Oliver found the end zone from one yard out with 1:56 left for the game-winning score. San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers was 22-of-34 for 313 yards and three touchdowns.

Notable: Rookie quarterback Derek Carr was impressive for the Raiders, finishing 18-of-34 for 282 yards with four touchdowns and one interception. Wide receiver Andre Holmes hauled in four passes for 121 yards and two scores, including a 6-yarder which put Oakland ahead 28-21 with 10:01 left in the fourth quarter.

Quotable: Coach Tony Sparano on his players coming close but falling short of the upset, via "It hurts me more for them than anything else. My goal here is to win football games and see that locker room smile at the end of this instead of knowing that we played hard and didn't win a game."

Key number: 11. Consecutive losses for the Raiders, dating back to Nov. 24 of last season.

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