The 2009 NFC West: Previews and Predictions

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The 2009 NFC West: Previews and Predictions
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The 2008 Arizona Cardinals boasted a 9-7 regular season record, doing just enough to earn the NFC West division crown but they played in one of the most memorable championship games ever at Super Bowl XLIII against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Arizona also dominated the NFC West with an impressive 6-0 division record.

The second place San Francisco 49ers were not too far behind, going 7-9 and taking the eventual NFC Champion Arizona Cardinals to the limit on Monday Night Football.

After Mike Nolan's midseason firing, interim head coach Mike Singletary led the underachieving 2-5 49ers to a 5-4 record, highlighted by victories over the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, and Washington Redskins.

Mike Holmgren's swan song season didn't exactly go as planned in 2008.

The 2006 NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks were devastated by injuries to many key players and limped to a 4-12 record—not exactly the legacy Holmgren wanted to leave in his final year of coaching.

The St. Louis Rams' steady decline, since appearing in Super Bowl XXXVI against Bill Belichick's New England Patriots, continues. The Rams won a dismal two games in 2008 and a 2-14 record would usually qualify a team for the first pick overall, but the historic 0-16 Detroit Lions took that honor instead.

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