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Larry Fitzgerald Earns NFC Honor

Wide receiver wins offensive player of the week for performance against Eagles -- again


Larry Fitzgerald pulls in a pass during his seven-reception game against the Eagles.

Last week, Larry Fitzgerald was talking about his "champagne problems" of getting the ball more often. Then the Eagles showed up.

As has been his history, Fitzgerald shredded the Eagles for seven catches for 160 yards and a memorable 80-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown during the 24-20 win Sunday, so Wednesday the NFL named Fitzgerald the NFC offensive player of the week.

It only made sense. It was the third time in Fitzgerald's career he earned the NFC honor. All three times, it came for games against Philadelphia. The first two were in 2011 and 2012.

This one came with the longest play of Fitzgerald's career, eclipsing the 78-yard touchdown he caught from Matt Leinart back in

December of 2008, during the Cardinals' infamous snow implosion in New England.  

"Ted Ginn made that (80-yard) play go," Fitzgerald said. "Without him and his big block, I'm not able to spring it. They were bringing a lot of pressure throughout the course of the game, and it was just pretty much a hot route. They brought Cover Zero, and it was one-on-one to Ted, made the big play, and I just ran off his block."

In only seven career games against the Eagles – including the NFC Championship game – Fitzgerald has 47 catches for 802 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Fitzgerald becomes the third Cardinal to win an NFC award this season, and all have come against NFC East opponents. Ginn won for special teams in Week 2 for a punt return touchdown in New York, while kicker Chandler Catanzaro won after three field goals in a win over Washington in Week 6.

The only Cardinals to have won more offensive player of the week awards in team history are quarterbacks Kurt Warner (five) and Neil Lomax (four).

And in theory, the Cardinals could end up playing the Eagles again next season in Philadelphia. 

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