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Around The NFC West - Week Two

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

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Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch breaks out for a touchdown in the Seahawks' season-opening win over Green Bay.


SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Last time out: 49ers 28, Cowboys 17

Record: 1-0

Snapshot: Cornerback Chris Culliver returned a fumble 35 yards for a touchdown on the third play of the game, the 49ers picked off Tony Romo three times and they cruised after jumping out to a 28-3 halftime lead.

Notable: The 49ers' defense was without linebacker Aldon Smith (suspension) and linebacker NaVorro Bowman (injury) but still looked formidable, wreaking havoc on Romo early. On offense, quarterback Colin Kaepernick finished 16-of-23 for 201 yards and two touchdowns, finding tight end Vernon Davis in the end zone each time.

Quotable: Coach Jim Harbaugh on the quick start after a hectic offseason: "There's been a lot of rhetoric on a lot of different topics. And a lot of opinion. I think this game was about steel in the spine and when it comes to 49ers players, that's where they excel. They've got titanium in the spine."

Injury update: Cornerbacks Culliver (concussion) and Tramaine Brock (toe) left the game early. Backup Perrish Cox nabbed his second career interception in place of Culliver.

Next up: The 49ers host the Bears on Sunday Night Football in Week 2

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Last time out: Seahawks 36, Packers 16

Record: 1-0

Snapshot: Running back Marshawn Lynch had 110 yards rushing and two touchdowns, wide receiver Percy Harvin had 100 combined rushing and receiving yards and the Seahawks looked every bit like the team which rolled past the Broncos for the Super Bowl last season.

Notable: It was an impressive start for Seattle, which is aiming to become the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champions since the Patriots did so in 2004. The stout defense held Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers to 189 yards passing, picked him off once, sacked him three times and registered a safety.

Quotable: Quarterback Russell Wilson on the return to health of Harvin, who missed much of last season with a hip injury: "Lord have mercy, we have Percy. That's what I always say."

Key number: 0.The number of times Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a pass in the direction of Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

Next up:  The Seahawks travel to face the Chargers in Week 2

ST. LOUIS RAMS

Last time out: Vikings 34, Rams 6

Record: 0-1

Snapshot: St. Louis was shut out in the first half and never mounted a serious rally. Without starting quarterback Sam Bradford (knee) this season, the Rams will need to run the ball to be effective, but they amassed only 72 rushing yards on 22 carries in the game, an average of three yards per rush.

Notable: The Rams did not let Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson beat them, holding him to 75 rushing yards on 21 carries, but wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson had three carries for 107 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown late in the third quarter to put the game away.

Quotable: Guard Rodger Safford on the slow start: "These guys put in way too much work for this to end up like this. I feel sorry for everybody in this room, and I know that next week it's going to be a bloodbath because I know nobody's going to want this to happen again."

Injury update:Quarterback Shaun Hill, the starter now after Bradford's injury, didn't play in the second half with a quadriceps injury. Austin Davis was 16-of-23 for 192 yards and an interception in his place. Defensive end Chris Long (ankle) was hurt in the third quarter.

Next up: The Rams travel to play the Buccaneers on Sunday in Week 2

THIS WEEK'S OPPONENT: NEW YORK GIANTS

Last time out: Lions 35, Giants 14

Record: 0-1

Snapshot: Quarterback Matthew Stafford was 22-of-32 for 346 yards passing with two touchdowns and ran for another score as the Lions cruised. Giants quarterback Eli Manning threw for only 163 yards on one more attempt and was intercepted twice as the team fell behind 14-0 early and never recovered.

Notable: The Giants couldn't control wide receiver Calvin Johnson, as he had a pair of first-quarter touchdown receptions and finished with seven catches for 164 yards and the two scores. New York's top receiver, Victor Cruz, was held to a pair of catches for 24 yards.

Quotable: Coach Tom Coughlin on the forgettable opener: "No excuses. We played very poorly. We don't have a lot to be proud of here. Couldn't move the ball, couldn't stop them, turned the ball over, got into that business again. Got a punt blocked, so you name it. It was a nightmare performance."

Key number: 197. The total yards for the Giants, who averaged only 3.5 yards per play and could not find a groove offensively. The Lions finished with 417 total yards.

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