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NFC West Recap: Cardinals Fall To Shorthanded Patriots In Opener

A weekly round-up of the latest news surrounding the Seahawks' division rivals.

Here's a recap of the latest news surrounding the Seahawks' division rivals in the NFC West: 

Cardinals Fall To Patriots, 23-21, In Season Opener

  • Minus Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, the Patriots defeated the Cardinals on Sunday Night Football, 23-21, in a tight primetime matchup. Arizona lost their first game of the season after driving down the field late and missing what would've been a game-winning field goal from 47 yards. Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 264 yards and a touchdown in his first NFL start.
  • Larry Fitzgerald displayed a fountain of youth against New England, catching eight passes for 81 yards and two scores. 
  • Fitzgerald on second-year running back David Johnson: "We have to find a way to keep getting the ball in his hands." 

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The Cardinals (@AZCardinals) sent out this tweet after Sports Illustrated accidentally tagged their football team instead of the St. Louis Cardinals.

49ers Defeat Rams, 28-0, In Season Opener

  • San Francisco scored on all four of their trips to the red zone in a 28-0 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football. "When we got things rolling, we were executing at a high level," quarterback Blaine Gabbert said. "We kept fighting. We kept chipping away, and we got the 'W.' That's all that matters in this league." Gabbert finished the game 22-of-35 and passed for 170 yards and a touchdown. 
  • The 49ers made franchise history in Chip Kelly's debut.
  • Running back Carlos Hyde scored two of San Francisco's four touchdowns they executed last night. Here's a look at every carry he took against the Rams.

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The 49ers (@49ers) tweeted out a cool video of player reactions in the tunnel and locker room after the victory. Personally, my favorite part is wide receiver Quinton Patton singing Anthony Hamilton at the end.

Rams Looking To Move Past 'Embarrassing' Loss

  • As mentioned above, the Rams were defeated, 28-0, in their season opener. It marked the first time since Week 16 of the 2011 season the Rams were shutout in a game. "Very disappointed in the outcome. I thought the 49ers did a nice job in all three phases," Jeff Fisher said. "They're well-coached, and we didn't get things done."
  • Running back Todd Gurley described the loss as "embarrassing," but said the team will shake the game off and prepare for Week 2.
  • No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff was inactive yesterday. Insider Myles Simmons wrote about the Rams' approach with Goff.

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Rams right tackle Rodger Saffold (@Rodger_Saffold) had a positive message after the game.

Not a retrospect, but a pictorial glimpse at players, moments, destinations of which to look forward.

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