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Larry Fitzgerald Resumes Rare Playoff Flight Pattern by Tracy Hackler

Somehow misplaced amid the barrage of passes and points and made-for-SportsCenter moments that permeated last Sunday’s scintillating Cardinals-Packers Wild Card game was yet another spectacular postseason performance from Arizona wonder receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Overshadowed by his team’s record-setting 51-45 overtime win against the Packers (on a defensive touchdown, no less) was the continuation of Fitzgerald’s unparalleled postseason profuseness.

You’ll remember that the 6-3, 225-pound pass-catching freak captivated the country last season with what most consider, hands down, the greatest receiving postseason in NFL history, a bit of spiral-snaring nirvana that included 30 catches, 546 yards and seven touchdowns in four games.

Fitzgerald finished Sunday’s game, his fifth career playoff contest, with six catches for 82 yards and a pair of touchdowns, his third consecutive postseason game with at least two scores.

Last season, his gaudy statistics on football’s biggest stage led to lofty ascensions in the value of his best 2004 Rookie Cards, all of which were already valued at more than $100 apiece before he used the playoffs as his personal playground.

In the span of one magical month last season, Fitzgerald’s Playoff Contenders RC vaulted from $750 to $800, his SP Authentic went from $200-$350, his SPx went from $200 to $250 and his Ultimate Collection jumped from $120 to $225.

Just imagine what his card will do if he keeps this up again this postseason – and punctuates it all by doing what all the great ones must: Catch the Lombardi Trophy.

— Tracy Hackler

No Comparison
Here’s how Larry Fitzgerald stacks up to other great postseason receivers after their first five postseason games:

Player Catches Yards TDs
Larry Fitzgerald 36 628 9</td
Michael Irvin 27 455 2
Fred Biletnikoff 21 469 6
Jerry Rice 20 315 5
Lynn Swann 9 137 1

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Fitzgerald is one of the great natural players of the game.

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