The 49ers face the Arizona Cardinals tomorrow in a game that will feature two teams playing primarily for pride. There are plenty of reasons for the 49ers to lose, but I'd like to think fans at least want to see an entertaining football game. Whatever the final result, I'd like to think I'll get a chance to at least remotely enjoy those three or so hours I devote to the game.
For those looking for on-field football reasons to watch the game, I present to you the matchup of Larry Fitzgerald versus the 49ers secondary. A little over a month ago I took a look at the 49ers matchup against Fitzgerald. As great a receiver as he has been throughout his career, the 49ers have done fairly well against him lately. He impacts games but the 49ers seem to do a decent job containing him. In the first 49ers-Cardinals matchup, the 49ers did an excellent job as they held Fitzgerald to 37 yards on 4 receptions. Early Doucet had a solid performance with 60 yards, but nobody really blew up in place of Fitzgerald.
As we head into the season finale, the 49ers secondary matchup versus Fitzgerald should be one of the more fun aspects of the game. Often times we see Nate Clements posted on Fitzgerald. Clements has had plenty of struggles during his time with the 49ers but he seems to step up on occasion when he is facing the bigger names. Or at least when he's facing Fitzgerald.
As this picture shows, we'll probably see Spencer get some time against Fitzgerald as well. Which ever corner is covering him, keep an eye on them throughout the game.