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NFC West Week 6 Roundup: 49ers top Cardinals, Rams dominate on the road
- Updated: October 14, 2013
Week 6 featured NFC West teams going 3-1 with the only loss coming in a division matchup where the San Francisco 49ers took advantage of four Arizona Cardinals’ turnovers to win 32-20. The St. Louis Rams won convincingly on the road 38-13 against the slumping Houston Texans, who have now lost four consecutive games. The Seattle Seahawks stayed perfect at home in a tight 20-13 win over the Tennessee Titans.
Here is a glimpse at one aspect from what each NFC West team did in Week 6:
His monster game on Sunday where he hauled in eight receptions on 11 targeted throws from Colin Kaepernick with 180 receiving yards and two touchdowns helped lead the 49ers over the Cardinals. Each of his touchdowns were of the big play variety both coming in the second quarter with the first on a 61-yard catch to give his team a 14-7 lead and the latter on a 35-yard reception that occurred within the final two minutes of the first half. This also marked the fourth game this season that the eight-year veteran has recorded a touchdown catch.
His six receptions with 117 receiving yard and a 75-yard touchdown catch were overshadowed by the fumble he committed inside the 49ers’ 35-yard line on a drive that could’ve given his team the lead late in the third quarter. Instead the 49ers capitalized on the turnover by going on a nine-minute scoring drive that ended on a 6-yard touchdown rush by Kendall Hunter that gave San Francisco a nine-point lead midway through the 4th quarter. Fitzgerald’s mistake proved to be a costly as the Cardinals would turn the ball over two more times in the fourth quarter sealing their fate.
The fourth-year quarterback had his second consecutive game where he recorded three passing touchdowns and a passer rating over 100. Bradford was not called upon to carry the bulk of the offense as he only attempted 16 passes completing 12 of them for 116 yards in a game that was outreach halfway through the third quarter due in large part to two Texan’s turnovers that the defense returned for a pair of touchdowns. The Rams will need their quarterback to continue to lead drives that end in points, specifically touchdowns, when the team plays their tough divisional opponents in the Seahawks and the 49ers.
Beast Mode had a complete game rushing 21 times for 77 yards on the ground for two touchdowns and caught four of the five balls thrown his way for 78 receiving yards. Lynch’s two touchdowns were much needed in a game where points were hard to come by as his second time in the end zone put his team up 10 points with a little over six minutes left in the fourth quarter. In the Seahawks’ run-heavy offense Lynch is greatly relied upon and will be a huge factor in the team’s success this season.
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