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Just a few years ago, the NFC West was horrific. The Seattle Seahawks took the division crown in 2010 with a 7-9 record, edging the St. Louis Rams through a tiebreaker. The San Francisco 49ers finished 6-10 and the Arizona Cardinals were 5-11. That’s a combined 25-39 record for all of you mathematicians out there.
Shortly after that 2010 regular season, two things happened which changed the fortunes for this division forever: the epic Marshawn Lynch “beast mode” run against the New Orleans Saints in the 2010 Divisional Round and the 49ers hiring Jim Harbaugh during the 2011 offseason.
Since those two moves, the NFC West has transformed into the toughest division in the NFL. The 49ers represented the NFC in Super Bowl XLVII and the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII. Not to mention the fact that the Cardinals boasted a 10-6 record last season as they were the top team in the league to miss the playoffs.
Here is our preview and predictions for the NFC West in 2014.