Seahawks shut down Cardinals, 49ers stay in contention
By Simon Evans
(Reuters) - Defending Super Bowl champions the Seattle Seahawks handed the Arizona Cardinals just their second loss of the season with a 19-3 win in their NFC West clash on Sunday despite quarterback Russell Wilson being sacked seven times.
The win keeps alive the slim hopes of Seattle (7-4) of catching the Cardinals (9-2) while the San Francisco 49ers kept themselves in contention with a 17-13 win over the Washington Redskins.
The only touchdown in Seattle came in the fourth quarter when Wilson, who had been sacked five times in the first half, found Cooper Helfet with a 20-yard pass to secure the win after four field goals from Steven Hauschka.
Arizona's blitz caused Seattle's offensive line plenty of headaches but the Seahawks' defense restricted Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton to 149 yards on 14 of 26 passing.
The 49ers needed a four-yard rushing touchdown with 2:59 left from running back Carlos Hyde to get past the Redskins and scrape out a win ahead of Thursday's Thanksgiving clash with the Seahawks in San Francisco.
In the NFC North, running back Eddie Lacy scored two touchdowns and rushed for 125 yards as the Green Bay Packers took sole control of the division with a 24-21 win over the Minnesota Vikings.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was again without a turnover as he threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns, including one to Lacy.
The Packers move to 8-3, giving them top spot in the division after the Detroit Lions fell 34-9 to the New England Patriots. Continued...