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Morning links: Reaction to Hawks 36-18 win

Here are some links to check out this morning after Seattle’s big win on the road against the Arizona Cardinals.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says after his team’s 36-18 win over Arizona that this is where he envisioned this team would be at this point of the season, sitting atop the NFC West.

Dave Boling of The New Tribune says the NFC West is now Seattle’s to lose.

Hawks receiver Mike Williams played well against the Cardinals again, and now has 22 catches for 232 yards and a touchdown in two games against Arizona.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck throws for 333 yards and a touchdown, the first time he’s thrown for over 300 yards since Seattle played at Arizona last year.

The Hawks used an avalanche of big plays of offense to break out of a season-long funk on that side of the ball.

More Boling: He gives Seattle mostly good grades on Sunday.

Check out highlights of the game here.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that Aaron Curry had a breakout performance with a team-high seven tackles and two sacks.

Clare Farnsworth of writes that Seattle answered adversity with Hasselbeck and Williams playing through injuries.

Pat Kirwan of the NFL Network was impressed with Williams’ performance.

Matt Bowen of the National Football Post says the NFC West could come down to who has the best quarterback play down the stretch.

Aaron Levine of KCPQ Ch. 13 interviews legendary Seahawk Walter Jones, who says the team will honor him by retiring his jersey some time this year.

Peter King of Sports Illustrated anoints Hawks defensive end Chris Clemons his defensive player of the week.

Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports writes the Hawks got back on track by sweeping the Cardinals.

Arizona Cardinals

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic writes the Cardinals have lost four straight in getting swept by Seattle.

Arizona Republic columnist Dan Bickley says the Cardinals are in crisis mode.

More Somers: He questions whether the Cardinals were giving their full effort against the Seahawks.

Darren Urban of says defensive end Darnell Dockett did not play because of a shoulder stinger that could have put him out for the rest of the season if he hurt it any worse.

San Francisco 49ers

David White of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that Niners quarterback Troy Smith threw for 356 yards in his team’s come-from-behind, 23-20 overtime win over St. Louis.

Matt Maiocco of says it would be illogical for the Niners to switch back to Alex Smith when he returns from his shoulder injury, with Troy Smith 2-0 as the starter. Alex Smith is 1-6 this season as the starter.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee writes that San Francisco left tackle Joe Staley broke his leg and will miss six weeks.

St. Louis Rams

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Rams remain winless on the road with a heartbreaking, overtime loss at San Francisco.

More Thomas: Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo defends not blitzing more against a San Francisco offense that racked up big plays.

Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Rams’ loss came down to failing to run the ball and giving up big plays.