first_imgAward WinnersDo we have to give any this week?Offense: Carlos Hyde, San Francisco – Hyde had a career-high 193 yards on 17 carries and added a 7-yard touchdown reception for the Niners.Defense: DeForest Buckner, San Francisco – The rookie from Oregon had two of San Francisco’s six sacks and four quarterback hits.Special Teams: Certainly nobody from the CardinalsWhat’s on Tap in Week 15:• Los Angeles Rams (4-9) at Seattle Seahawks (8-4-1) – Thursday, December 15 – 6:25 p.m. at CenturyLink Field• New Orleans Saints (5-8) at Arizona Cardinals (5-7-1) – Sunday, December 18 – 2:05 p.m. at University of Phoenix Stadium• San Francisco 49ers (1-12) at Atlanta Falcons (8-5) – Sunday, December 18 – 2:05 p.m. at Georgia Dome – / 31 Top Stories Stat of the Game: The Seahawks have now been outscored 52-15 in their last two road games — losses at Tampa Bay and Green Bay.Atlanta Falcons 42, Los Angeles Rams 14The Rams went out and celebrated head coach Jeff Fisher’s inexplicable new contract extension by falling behind by 42 points before softening the blow with two garbage-time touchdowns in their fourth straight loss.Matt Ryan threw three touchdown passes and the Falcons’ defense forced five L.A. turnovers and scored two touchdowns in the rout.The Rams left little doubt about how the game was going to go from the outset. Rookie Michael Thomas fumbled the opening kickoff and Ryan hit Justin Hardy on a 3-yard touchdown pass on the game’s first play from scrimmage, just ten seconds into the contest.Ryan hit Tevin Coleman on a 6-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the second quarter and Deion Jones capped the first half scoring with a 33-yard interception return for a score.Atlanta added three more touchdowns in the third quarter, including a 64-yard Ryan-to-Taylor Gabriel pass and a 21-yard fumble return by Vic Beasley.Quotable: Take it away, Todd Gurley.VIDEO: The Rams “looked like a middle-school offense out there.” — Todd Gurley @CVRamsClub @VCStarSports pic.twitter.com/gryb1VhmAl— Joe Curley (@vcsjoecurley) December 12, 2016 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Stat of the Game: The Rams have scored six total touchdowns in five home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.New York Jets 23, San Francisco 49ers 17Many had speculated that the New York Jets have just up and quit on second-year head coach Todd Bowles.That line of thinking gained credence Sunday when the visiting Jets fell behind by 14 points to a 49ers team riding an 11-game losing streak in the first quarter.Pride must’ve kicked in.The Jets closed the game by scoring 20 consecutive points, including a 19-yard touchdown run in overtime by Bilal Powell to give them a 23-17 win — just their fourth of the season.The 49ers got a quick start after Jimmie Ward picked off a Bryce Petty pass on the Jets’ second play from scrimmage. Colin Kaepernick then found Carlos Hyde on a 7-yard touchdown pass on the next play, and San Francisco had a 7-0 lead just 56 seconds into the contest.On their second drive, Hyde ripped off a 47-yard run down to the Jets’ 4-yard line that set up Shaun Draughn’s touchdown run to give the Niners a 14-0 lead much to the delight of the dozens of fans in attendance.Quotable: “That’s on me as a play-caller, but I just really wasn’t confident.” — 49ers head coach Chip Kelly, when asked about San Francisco’s conservative nature in the second half. Green Bay Packers 38, Seattle Seahawks 10It was a day to forget for Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. He became the only quarterback not named Ryan Fitzpatrick to throw five interceptions in a game this season as the Packers crushed the Seahawks at Lambeau Field, 38-10.Aaron Rodgers threw three touchdown passes, including two to Jordy Nelson, as the Packers won their third straight and delayed the Seahawks’ division-clinching celebration.Spanning three possessions in the second and third quarters, three consecutive Seattle possessions ended in interceptions, allowing Green Bay to build a 28-3 lead.Quotable: “Obviously, we can’t turn the ball over and I put that on me. That game was on me.” — Russell Wilson Stat of the Game: The 49ers had 17 passing yards in the second half.Standings Quotable: “The last three minutes of the game, we didn’t win it. We played a hell of a fourth quarter up until the last three minutes.” — Arizona head coach Bruce AriansStat of the Game: To sum up the sloppiness on a rain-soaked field, we’ll let ESPN Stats and Info handle it:The 6 combined turnovers by Cardinals & Dolphins ties the most in a half in a game this season (last done in Week 7 by Vikings-Eagles)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 11, 2016center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Arizona Cardinals are living the recurring nightmare every week on special teams. The problem area reared its ugly head again at rainy Hard Rock Stadium Sunday.Arizona missed a field goal and an extra point. Another point after touchdown was not only blocked, but returned for two points by Miami. All of it allowed Miami to get a game-winning 21-yard field goal by Andrew Franks that kept Miami’s playoff hopes alive and crippled Arizona’s.The Cardinals (5-7-1) rallied in the fourth quarter behind two touchdown passes from Carson Palmer and actually found themselves in great position to win. With the game tied at 23-23, the Cardinals took possession after a Dolphins’ punt at their own 25-yard line with 1:55 left in the contest and two timeouts in their pocket. The rain picked up, and the Cardinals made the decision to throw the football on first down. Quarterback Carson Palmer had the ball squirt out of his hand as he attempted to throw and was sacked by Bobby McCain back at the 19-yard line, putting Arizona behind the sticks. They attempted throws on the next two plays and punted after using only 26 seconds of game clock.Drew Butler’s punt was only 43 yards and returned 20 yards by Jarvis Landry, giving Miami great field position. Backup quarterback Matt Moore then went to work on a perceived weak link in the Cardinals’ secondary. He completed two passes to Kenny Stills for a total of 41 yards — both against reserve corner Justin Bethel — which got them down to the 1-yard line. Two plays later, Franks booted the field goal that sent everyone home. To say that it wasn’t a great week in the NFC West is an understatement.All four teams lost for the second time in three weeks.The Seahawks failed to clinch the division. The Cardinals failed on special teams (again). The 49ers and Rams, well, they just failed.Here’s a closer look at what went down in the NFC West in Week 14.Miami Dolphins 26, Arizona Cardinals 23You ever have one of those recurring nightmares? You know, the one about being back in school and walking into class naked. Or a car accident or falling from a height? Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img

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