In a game that the Cardinals absolutely NEEDED to have, they did what they should have. Fed the rock to back David Johnson, and went back to old reliable Larry Fitzgerald. Because at 33 — and in the league for what feels like two decades — Fitzgerald is just getting better with age, finding new life as a slot receiver after starting his Hall of Fame career on the outside.
Fitzgerald just continues to amaze. He scored his fourth and fifth touchdowns of the season on Thursday night — catching six of Stanton’s 11 total completions, picking up 81 yards. How good is this guy? No Carson Palmer, just 11 COMPLETED PASSES by Drew Stanton, and there’s Fitz, working from the slot and carving up the Niners. There’s Fitz, blocking downfield and springing Johnson for another big gain. There’s Fitz, the No. 1 receiver after all these years and all the new blood that’s come into Arizona.
Fitzgerald is 33, an age where most elite receivers are slowing down, but he’s actually getting better — playing a new position in a way we just haven’t seen — a 6 foot 3 slot receiver with elite ball skills and elite Football IQ, a career pivot that likely means he can keep trotting out there as long as he wants — a suspected retirement at the end of the season looking like something that should be put on hold.
Just an incredible football player. An even better ambassador for the game, and a guy who already had his ticket punched to Canton before he found this success in the slot.