Larry Fitzgerald Bailed Out the Arizona Cardinals Offense in Week 8

Veteran wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald came up big for the Arizona Cardinals against San Francisco.

For three full quarters, the offensive unit of the Arizona Cardinals was difficult to watch. On their first eight drives, they managed just one field goal while punting five times, turning the ball over once, and suffering a safety. Then, practically out of nowhere, things changed when their biggest star, Larry Fitzgerald, came down with a 37-yard bomb between two defenders.

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The play also had a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty on Josh Rosen, who threw the ball to Fitz, leaving the Cardinals with a favorable spot at the San Francisco 13-yard line. It shot life into the team and crowd, and obviously Rosen, who looked for No. 11 just one play later on their first touchdown of the game.

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From here on out, Arizona’s offense looked completely different. The bulk of their production came in the fourth quarter, eventually stealing a win from San Francisco after trailing 15-3. Personally, I think it was a turning point in the season and it’s quite fitting that it was Fitzgerald who was mainly responsible.

In total, Fitz had his best game of the season. He caught 8-of-12 targets from Rosen for his first 100-yard performance of 2018. Plus, he also added the aforementioned touchdown, several key blocks, and a two-point conversion after Christian Kirk‘s go-ahead touchdown. It was his second consecutive week with a touchdown reception after snagging one against Denver last week.

After the game, Fitz led his press conference off by acknowledging the recent tragedy in Pittsburgh, where he played his college ball. This is a testament to how great a guy he is, and according to Arizona Central, a reason “why the Cardinals haven’t fractured during tough times.”

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The Cardinals will now have a bye week after their big win. When they return to action, I believe they’ll have a whole new swagger about themselves.

 

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