Niners clinch NFC West in win over Cards

6:32 AM, Dec 31, 2012   |    comments
Denver Broncos mascot Miles holds a sign in reference to the team securing Home Field advantage following the win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Sports Authority Field. The Broncos defeated the Chiefs 38-3. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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San Francisco, CA (Sports Network) - Michael Crabtree caught a pair of touchdown passes en route to a career-high 172 receiving yards as the San Francisco 49ers clinched the NFC West crown with a 27-13 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

The 49ers can also lock up a first-round bye in the playoffs with a loss or tie by the Green Bay Packers, who are currently playing the Minnesota Vikings.

Crabtree finished with eight receptions for the 49ers (11-4-1), who ended the regular season with wins in three of its last four games.

Colin Kaepernick completed 16-of-28 passes for 276 yards and the two touchdowns, while Frank Gore carried the ball 20 times for 68 yards and a score in the victory.

Brian Hoyer, who was claimed by the Cardinals off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers on Dec. 10, made his first career start and threw for 225 yards with a touchdown and interception on 19-of-34 efficiency.

Michael Floyd caught eight balls for 166 yards and a touchdown for Arizona (5-11), which closed out its season with losses in 11 of its last 12 games after starting 4-0.


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