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Around The NFC West: Week 9

QB Nick Mullens shines as 49ers roll, while Rams and Seahawks lose

49ers QB Nick Mullens throws a pass against the Raiders.
49ers QB Nick Mullens throws a pass against the Raiders.


Last time out: 49ers 34, Raiders 3

Record: 2-7 overall, 0-3 in division

Snapshot: Third-string quarterback Nick Mullens was 16-of-22 for 262 yards and three touchdowns in his NFL debut as the 49ers snapped a six-game losing streak. Oakland scored first and then watched as San Francisco dominated the rest of the way.

Notable: 49ers tight end George Kittle had four catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. Cassius Marsh had 2½ sacks and San Francisco had seven total. Wide receiver Pierre Garcon caught his first touchdown pass in 16 games with the 49ers.

Quotable: "I knew, and everyone in this locker room knew, that he was ready for this moment." – 49ers left tackle Joe Staley, via, on Mullens' breakout debut

Injury Update: Running back Raheem Mostert broke his forearm in the game and will miss the rest of the season.

Next up: The 49ers will host the Giants on "Monday Night Football" in Week 10

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


Last time out: Chargers 25, Seahawks 17

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

Snapshot: The Seahawks had an untimed down from the 6 at the end of regulation, but quarterback Russell Wilson's pass was tipped by Los Angeles safety Jahleel Addae and wide receiver David Moore couldn't haul it in as the Chargers held on for the victory. Seattle was trying to wipe out a 15-point deficit in the final two minutes.

Notable: Chargers cornerback Desmond King returned a Wilson interception 42 yards for a score midway through the fourth quarter. Wilson finished 26-of-39 for 235 yards with two touchdowns and the pick-six. Former Cardinals receiver Jaron Brown had a touchdown reception for Seattle.

Quotable: "I think this will be beneficial for us in the long run. I don't want to talk about moral victories, but I think that's an excellent football team we just went up against so there's nothing for us to be down about." – Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, via, on the close loss to a good opponent

Injury Update: Running back Chris Carson (hip), guard D.J. Fluker (calf) and safety Bradley McDougald left the game and didn't return.

Next up: The Seahawks will travel to face the Rams in Week 10

Images of the Cardinals' cheerleaders during the Week 4 matchup against Seattle at State Farm Stadium


Last time out: Saints 45, Rams 35

Record: 8-1 overall, 3-0 in division

Snapshot: The Rams erased a 21-point deficit to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but New Orleans scored 10 points in the final 6:23 to claim the wild victory. The teams combined for 80 points and 970 yards of total offense. Rams quarterback Jared Goff finished 28-of-40 for 391 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

Notable: The Rams couldn't slow down Saints wideout Michael Thomas, as he hauled in 12 passes for 211 yards, including a late 72-yard score to put the game away. Los Angeles had a chance to move two games ahead of everyone in the NFC but is now even with New Orleans in the loss column.

Quotable: "I've had a bad couple of weeks, you feel me? I own up to that and I step up to that. I'm a top (expletive) corner in this league and I ain't been playing like that. You can put that on me." – Rams cornerback Marcus Peters, after giving up Thomas' fourth-quarter touchdown

Key Stat: 76. That was the number of pass attempts in the game without a sack.

Next up: The Rams host the Seahawks in Week 10