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Fitz Does It All Against San Fran

Notebook: WR eclipses 1,000 yards; Kolb to be evaluated this week


Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald hauls in the pass he turned into a 46-yard touchdown during Sunday's 21-19 win over San Francisco.

Sure, Larry Fitzgerald had his 30th career 100-yard game Sunday and crossed the 1,000-yard plateau for a franchise record-setting sixth season, a six-catch-for-149-yards performance that boosted the Cards in their 21-19 win over San Francisco.

But it was the touchdown-creating blindside block of 49ers defensive back Tarell Brown downfield on teammate Early Doucet's 60-yard score that caught a lot of the attention.

"You see all the flags and guys getting fined for hits helmet-to-helmet, and I hit him helmet-to-helmet and (the official) didn't see me and I was just holding my breath to hope I wasn't going to get a penalty, but I wanted to make sure I got him blocked," Fitzgerald said.

He did that, one of many highlights for Fitzgerald on the day. He had a 46-yard touchdown grab leaping high above safety Dashon Goldson and a 53-yard catch-and-run to set up the winning touchdown, providing only a shrug of the shoulders from quarterback John Skelton.

"That's just Fitz being Fitz," Skelton said.

Fitzgerald now has 62 receptions for 1,092 yards and seven touchdowns with three games remaining. Getting the ball to Fitzgerald more this season has been a source of constant debate, but coach Ken Whisenhunt said "you have to throw them in there."

"I can't tell you how many times Kurt (Warner) and I talked about throwing it to guys where they don't have to be wide open," Whisenhunt added.

The 49ers did give Fitzgerald more single-high safety looks than some teams, however, clearing some space in the secondary.

"It's always great to reach milestones," Fitzgerald said. "When it comes to victories, it makes it that much sweeter. Now we have to get (running back) Beanie (Wells) his thousand."

Wells needs 57 yards rushing to reach 1,000 this season.


With starting quarterback Kevin Kolb leaving after the first series of the game because of a blow to the head, Skelton was asked to play in relief for the first time this season. It was Skelton's first game since back-to- back struggles in San Francisco and against the Rams in which he posted a combined passing rating of 19.3.

"You're only as good as your last play, your last game," Skelton said. "You kind of have to live with that until you get another opportunity."

That came Sunday, and while Skelton did have three turnovers, he had three touchdown passes and a passing rating of 106.5, completing 19-of-28 passes for 282 yards.

"He overcame those demons (against San Francisco) a little bit," Whisenhunt said. "He missed some plays, and that's because he didn't get (practice) reps with them. But he did a great job without having gotten much to come in there and play today."

Whisenhunt said Kolb exhibited concussion symptoms after taking his shot and "if it's even close, they are going to err on the side of caution." Kolb will be evaluated again this week.


Whisenhunt said he considered going for a two-point conversion after Andre Roberts scored his go-ahead touchdown with 11:50 left in the game. He decided not to given the time left in the game.

"I thought that was early," Whisenhunt said. "Certainly I was thinking about it at the end, when we were only leading by two and they had the ball, but our defense bailed us out, so it's not really a question now, right?"


Safety and special teams Sean Considine, nursing an Achilles injury all week, was active Sunday. But he apparently aggravated the injury during warmups – he limped off the field before the game – and did not appear during the game, although he remained in uniform.

Right tackle Brandon Keith left the game with a right ankle sprain and did not return.

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