Don't look now, but with Seattle's win against San Francisco, the Seahawks vaulted right back into the NFC West title hunt. With the rest of the division losing, Seattle is a half game ahead of the 49ers, tied with the Rams, and only two games back of Arizona.
The Seahawks still have two games left with the Cardinals and a game at St. Louis. Of course, the Seahawks need to keep playing well, with Philadelphia coming to Qwest Field next week. But Sunday's 34-13 win over San Francisco is how we expected this team to play all season – ball-hawking defense creating turnovers and a crisply executing offense using short, quick passes to move the ball down the field.
Seattle might have discovered a big-play weapon in Leonard Weaver, who played out of his mind on Sunday, finishing with four catches for 116 yards and two, long touchdown runs.
View the box score and highlights of the game here.
And take a look at the standings here.
Here's Frank Hughes game story.
Leornard Weaver, or "The Church Van," scores his first two receiving touchdowns of his NFL career on Sunday, Dave Boling writes.
The Seahawks not only sacked San Francisco five times, they forced two turnovers and scored a touchdown on Josh Wilson's 76-yard interception return, taking control of the game.
Seneca Wallace improves, Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald writes, finishing 15 of 25 with 222 yards and two touchdown.
More Johnson: The Seahawks are only two games back, but far from getting back into it. Also, grades for Seattle.
Here's the Associated Press story.
San Francisco 49ers
There's a new sheriff in town, and it's Mike Singletary, writes Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Singletary replaced an ineffective J.T. O'Sullivan at quarterback with Shaun Hill at the end of the first half. Then he banished tight end Vernon Davis to the locker room after he received an personal foul call for taunting safety Brian Russell.
Looks like there will be more quarterback controversy in San Francisco heading into the bye week. Singletary says he's not sure who will start at quarterback.
Things got even stranger for San Francisco. An NFL network report links Condoleezza Rice to the 49ers as a possible president of the organization.
Like every other team in the NFC West, the Cardinals can't win on the East Coast, losing to Carolina 27-23, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
Up seven points at the end of the first half, Arizona tired a fake field goal on 4th and 15 but didn't convert. Turns out they could have used the points.
In his first game back Anquan Boldin played big, scoring two touchdowns.
The Cardinals passing attack was impressive in defeat, writes Yahoo's Jason Cole.
But as good as the passing game is, the Cardinals continue to struggle running the ball, reports Scott Bordow of the East Valley Tribune.
ESPN's Mike Sando breaks down the Cardinals' loss.
St. Louis Rams
The Rams lose a close one in New England, 23-16, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Antonio Pittman rushed 19 times for 83 yards in Stephen Jackson's absence.
The Rams stub their toe but all is not lost, says St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Jeff Gordon.
The Rams young wide receivers continue to improve, including a talented Donnie Avery.