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first_img Top Stories Comments   Share   As unfair as that may be for Fitzgerald, it’s not as ifanyone is ignoring his greatness. The receiver had ninecatches for 149 yards in Sunday’s 23-20 win over theSeahawks, bringing his season totals to 80 receptions and1,411 yards to go with eight touchdowns. That Fitzgeraldhas done this with shaky QB play (his nine receptions cameon 18 total targets Sunday) makes it all even moreimpressive.“What a warrior he is,” Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhuntsaid. “So glad that, obviously, Larry is with us, what hebrings to the team; he just makes big plays.”Of Fitzgerald’s nine receptions, all but one came in thesecond half, and his three for 46 yards in overtime helpedsetup the game-winning kick. “I’m just fortunate John gave me an opportunity to make aplay and contribute down the stretch,” Fitzgerald said.Yeah, Larry is fortunate the Cardinals gave him a chance.Or, perhaps, the Cardinals are fortunate to have a playerof Fitzgerald’s caliber on the roster.“Larry Fitzgerald,” defensive lineman Darnell Dockettmused, “I’m glad to have him on my team.”Even with the big numbers, Arizona had plenty of chancesto get No. 11 the ball early and failed. Skelton blamedhimself for a couple of overthrows, and Whisenhunt saidhis star could have “had a monster day.” Don’t tell the Seahawks Fitzgerald’s day wasn’t monstrous.“He’s as good as you can get at this game, and he showedit,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, acknowledging thathe can’t help but marvel at some of the things Fitzgeraldcan do on the field.But that’s just it with Fitzgerald, since he may be theonly player who could make amazing catches on the way tohaving a stat line like the one he posted in Sunday’s winstill feel like he could have done more.“I was upset that I didn’t make the one on the sidelinebefore regulation ended, that’s the one I was pissed offabout,” Fitzgerald said of a pass that would have gone fora first down but, in reality, was a pass few would havecome down with. “I wanted to make sure I came back andtried to redeem myself and put our team in a goodposition.”Pick a superlative — any superlative — and chances areit will describe Fitzgerald and his impact on theCardinals. Whisenhunt praised his receiver’s work ethicand leadership abilities, and anyone who watches the guyplay knows where he ranks among the NFL’s greats. “He made some unbelievable catches that only a couple guyson this Earth can make,” Seahawks cornerback RichardSherman said. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation That could work.Or, maybe, the best way to describe what Fitzgerald didSunday – and, really, his entire career – was how Skeltondid after the game.“It’s Larry being Larry,” he said. “He’s done it all yearand his whole career. “It’s just awesome having him out there.”center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Larry Fitzgerald reached out with his right arm, grabbedthe football and fell to the ground. The reception, which was good for 12 yards, wasFitzgerald’s last of the season, his ninth of the day and,arguably, one of the coolest catches you’ll ever see.Not that his second one-handed grab of the day impressedhis teammates.“We come to expect that from Larry,” quarterback JohnSkelton said. “It’s almost like it’s not even a shockeranymore because he does it so often.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img

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