Around the NFC West: Week 17
Brandon Aiyuk went for 114 yards and a touchdown in the San Francisco 49ers’ 27-10 win over the Washington Commanders. The win combined with the Detroit Lions’ loss to the Dallas Cowboys clinched the number one seed in the NFC for the 49ers. Brock Purdy bounced back from a rough outing to throw for 230 yards and two touchdowns. Elijah Mitchell outrushed Christian McCaffrey 80 to 64 in the win. San Francisco will be able to rest some starters in their week 18 contest against the Los Angeles Rams.
Those Los Angeles Rams clinched a playoff spot with their 26-25 win over the New York Giants. The Rams narrowly escaped with the win after the Giants missed a kick with just 30 seconds left that would have won the game. Kyren Williams was the star of the day rushing for three touchdowns. Matthew Stafford threw for 317 yards and a touchdown. Puka Nacua had another 118 yards and is only 28 yards away from the rookie receiving record set by Bill Groman back in 1960. The Rams do battle with the 49ers on Sunday.
The Seattle Seahawks will be fighting for their playoff lives in week 18 after they lost 30-23 to the Pittsburgh Steelers in week 17. Geno Smith threw for 290 yards and a touchdown. The offense was not the problem for the Seahawks here. It was the rushing defense that allowed the Steelers to run for 202 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon. The Seahawks play the Arizona Cardinals in week 18. They get into the playoffs with a win and a Green Bay Packers loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
The Arizona Cardinals pulled off the biggest upset of the week knocking off the Philadelphia Eagles 35-31. Kyler Murray threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns. James Conner rushed for 128 yards and a touchdown. Somebody forgot to tell the Cardinals they are supposed to be tanking this season. They will look to spoil the Seahawks playoff hopes in week 18.
NFC West Standings Week 17
San Francisco 49ers 12-4
Los Angeles Rams 9-7
Seattle Seahawks 8-8
Arizona Cardinals 4-12