The San Francisco 49ers (4-3) are now two games behind the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West division after Week 8 of the NFL season as they were on a bye week. The Cardinals won 24-20 against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday afternoon after a late comeback.
The Eagles kicked a go-ahead field goal to make it 20-17 with 1:56 remaining in the fourth quarter. Arizona responded and took the lead with an improbable 75-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to John Brown. It was on third and 5, but Brown found an opening past the Eagles’ secondary for the score.
Philadelphia still had 1:21 to work with and had a chance to steal the game late. After driving inside the Cardinals red zone, the Eagles had two chances for a touchdown. Both passing attempts fell incomplete and the Arizona held on to make their record 6-1 with a two game lead on the 49ers and Seahawks.
Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks escaped with a 13-9 win over the Carolina Panthers in the early NFL game. Seattle overcame two turnovers deep in Panthers territory as well as multiple drives by Cam Newton.
Both teams had a turnover in each other’s red zone, including snap fumbles by Seattle and Carolina. Before halftime, Russell Wilson threw an interception that went off Marshawn Lynch’s hands at the goal line and the score stood at 6-3 for the break.
After a near sack which could have been a safety, Newton found Kelvin Benjamin for a 50-yard pass from his own one-yard line. The Panthers drive stalled and Graham Gano hit his third straight field goal of the day.
Seattle responded with a nine-play, 80-yard touchdown drive that took 3:50 off the clock as they scored with less than a minute to go. Wilson found tight end Luke Willson for a 23-yard pass which resulted in the only touchdown of the game.
The Seahawks are now 4-3 and tied with the San Francisco 49ers for second in the NFC West division. They will see the 49ers in Week 13 on Thanksgiving.
Both the Cardinals and Seahawks won their games in the final minute. As a response them winning, 49ers CEO Jed York tweeted the following statement:
“Moral of today’s games, no one else will help you in the @nfl. Can’t wait to get back to work next week.”
Here are the NFC West Standings after Week 8:
1. Arizona Cardinals: 6-1 (1-0 in division)
2. San Francisco 49ers: 4-3 (1-1 in division)
3. Seattle Seahawks: 4-3 (0-1 in division)
4. St. Louis Rams: 2-5 (1-1 in division)