All four NFC West teams were back in action in Week 5. Two were victorious, two were not.
The San Francisco 49ers appear to have righted the ship after a 1-2 start as they scratched out a 22-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in Santa Clara. The Niners’ defense held KC to just 265 yards of offense and their offense enjoyed an efficient, unspectacular afternoon. Colin Kaepernick hit Stevie Johnson on a 9-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter and kicker Phil Dawson booted five field goals in San Francisco’s second straight win.
The Arizona Cardinals tasted defeat for the first time in 2014, falling to the Denver Broncos 41-20 Sunday. The Cardinals lost quarterback Drew Stanton (concussion), defensive end Calais Campbell (knee) and defensive back Patrick Peterson (ankle) during the game. Heading into Week 6, the Cardinals are faced with the very real possibility of having to start rookie Logan Thomas at quarterback. Thomas did play a little more than a quarter against the Broncos, completing just 1-of-8 passes, but that completion was an 81-yard touchdown strike to Andre Ellington.
The St. Louis Rams dug themselves a hole, falling behind 34-7 before an Austin Davis-led rally fell short in a 34-28 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Davis, who threw for 375 yards and three touchdowns, drove the Rams into Philadelphia territory on St. Louis’ final possession, but couldn’t get them into the end zone.
Monday night, the Seattle Seahawks went to Washington and beat the Redskins 27-17. Russell Wilson ran for 122 yards and a touchdown, setting a record for most rushing yards by a quarterback on Monday Night Football. The third-year pro also had two touchdown passes in the Seahawks’ triumph.
Week 6 Schedule
• Washington Redskins (1-3) vs. Arizona Cardinals (3-1) – Sunday 1:25 p.m. – University of Phoenix Stadium (FOX)
• Dallas Cowboys (3-1) vs. Seattle Seahawks (3-1) – Sunday 1:25 p.m. – CenturyLink Field (FOX)
• San Francisco 49ers (3-2) vs. St. Louis Rams (1-3) – Monday 5:30 p.m – Edward Jones Dome (ESPN)