NFC West Update: Arizona Cardinals Clinch First-Round Playoff Bye With Week 16 Win vs Green Bay Packers

A closer look at how the Seahawks' NFC West rivals fared in Week 16 around the NFL.

A closer look at how the Seahawks' NFC West rivals fared in Week 16 around the NFL:

Arizona Cardinals (13-2)

The Result

Arizona picked up its ninth straight win and clinched at least the No. 2 seed in the NFC playoffs, giving the club a bye in the postseason's first round.

What Happened

The Cardinals defense sacked Aaron Rodgers eight times and returned two of the Green Bay quarterback's three fumbles for touchdowns, one each by defensive tackle Cory Redding and cornerback Jerraud Powers ... Quarterback Carson Palmer completed 18-of-27 passes for 265 yards, two touchdowns - one to Larry Fitzgerald and one to John Brown, and one interception ... Michael Floyd led all Arizona pass catches with six grabs for 111 yards ... Rookie running back David Johnson ran nine times for 39 yards and a touchdown and hauled in three balls for 88 yards through the air.

What's Next

The Cardinals close out the 2015 regular season with a game against the Seahawks (9-6) at Glendale's University of Phoenix Stadium, where both side's head coaches have said they won't be resting their respective club's starters. The Cardinals can clinch the conference's No. 1 seed with a win in Week 17 plus a Carolina Panthers loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


St. Louis Rams (7-8)

The Result

The Rams won in Seattle for the first time since 2004, topping the Seahawks 23-17 in what was the final regular-season game of the year at CenturyLink Field.

What Happened

St. Louis forced three turnovers, including a Russell Wilson fumble in the first quarter that linebacker Akeem Ayers returned 45 yards for a touchdown ... Wide receiver Kenny Britt got behind cornerback Richard Sherman for a 28-yard score in the second quarter from quarterback Case Keenum, who finished 14-of-23 for 103 yards ... Running back Todd Gurley added a 2-yard touchdown run in the third quarter and finished with 19 carries for 85 yards ... The St. Louis defense sacked Wilson four times and delivered 13 quarterback hits, with defensive end William Hayes accounting for three of the four sacks and six of the 13 quarterback hits.

What's Next

The Rams, who were eliminated from playoff contention last week, wrap up 2015 with a road game against the division rival San Francisco 49ers (4-11).


San Francisco 49ers (4-11)

The Result

The Niners jumped out to 7-0 and 14-10 leads in the first half, but were shutout after halftime en route to their third straight loss and fifth in six games, falling 32-17 to the Lions in Detroit.

What Happened

Quarterback Blaine Gabbert connected on 22 of his 33 throws for 225 yards and two touchdowns, one each to tight end Vance McDonald and wide receiver Torrey Smith, but also lost the football on a sack that helped set up a 1-yard touchdown run that gave the Lions a 17-14 lead they would not let up ... Niners wideout Anquan Boldin made five catches for 27 yards to become the 13th player in NFL history with 1,000 career catches ... Running back DuJuan Harris, who had a short stint in Seattle earlier this month, ran 11 times for a career-high 73 yards in place of injured running back Shaun Draughn ... San Francisco was penalized 11 times for a second consecutive week.

What's Next

The 49ers finish the season at home with a game against the division rival Rams (7-8).

Before the Seahawks travel to Arizona for their regular season finale, we're featuring game action photos from every game played in the desert against the Cardinals, spanning from 1983 to 2014.  

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