After two weeks in the 2012 season, the NFC West is doing a good job of shedding its reputation for being the league's worst division. All four teams -- the Cardinals, 49ers, Seahawks and Rams -- all won in Week 2. All are showing off great or improved defenses. In fact, by the year's end, between San Francisco, Arizona and Seattle, the division might have three defenses in the top 10 of the league.
As the standings go, Arizona and San Francisco sit atop the division, both with 2-0 records. However, the Rams and Seahawks are only a game back as both sit at .500 with a 1-1 record.
Find out what happened in each of the team's wins after the jump.
Arizona Cardinals Shock New England Patriots 20-18 As Gostkowski Misses Game-winning FG - Revenge of the Birds
No one believed it could happen, but the Arizona Cardinals went into Foxborough and defeated the New England Patriots 20-18 by a strong performance by the Arizona defense, a passing touchdown and a running touchdown by Kevin Kolb and a Stephen Gostkowski missed field goal at the end of the game.
The Seahawks beat the Cowboys Sunday afternoon using the formula that Pete Carroll has unflinchingly endorsed since the day he arrived in Seattle. Relentless in the rush game, stingy on defense against the rush; strong special teams, discipline; force turnovers, win the turnover battle and time of possession game; employ a methodical, consistent offense that utilizes an explosive play here and there to keep the defense honest; 'finish strong' by playing your best football in the 2nd half.
Well, then. The 49ers improved to 2-0 Sunday evening as they handled their business and leave Candlestick Park with a 27-19 victory over their media-made nemesis, the Detroit Lions. In reality the game should never have really been this close. Alex Smith was 20 of 31 for 226 yards, but seven of those incompletions were drops. There will be drops in every game, but there were several ugly drops. They convert a few of those drops and the 49ers potentially win this game by three scores.
Fitting that the St. Louis Rams mounted an iron-willed comeback on the same day they set a new record for fake mustaches in one place in homage to Jeff Fisher. Fitting that less than a week after the local newspaper trolled fans with the question of whether or not the home team should have dumped Sam Bradford and drafted Robert Griffin III. The St. Louis Rams led by Jeff FIsher played one of the best football games at the Dome in a decade, beating RGIII and the Redskins in a come-from-behind 31-28 win.
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