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49ers-Cardinals preview: Larry Fitzgerald’s history vs. San Francisco

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Larry Fitzgerald is a future Hall of Famer, and he’s been a thorn in the 49ers’ side for more than a decade.

Arizona Cardinals v San Francisco 49ers Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has had an incredible career to date. He’s also been a consistent thorn in the side of the San Francisco 49ers, and hopes to be again when they meet in Week 4.

Since the Cardinals drafted Fitzgerald in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft, he’s compiled some impressive stats against the NFC West rival 49ers. Fitzgerald hasn’t missed a game against San Francisco over the years, and has amassed a total of 154 receptions for 2,091 yards and 16 touchdowns.

That includes three games with two touchdowns, and 13 games with no scores. The other 10 games saw him catch a single touchdown pass. He’s eclipsed the 100-yard mark 10 times against them, and he’s caught 10-plus passes three times.

He’s pretty consistently gouged the 49ers for big chunks of yardage. The 49ers have had their moments in the rivalry — I still remember that fumble that Patrick Willis clubbed out of Fitzgerald’s arms being replayed over and over and over again.

But by and large, Fitzgerald has been great. I’ve compiled all of his stats against the 49ers over the years.

Larry Fitzgerald vs. 49ers

Year Week Receptions Yards Touchdowns
Year Week Receptions Yards Touchdowns
2004 5 5 94 1
2004 14 4 47 0
2005 4 7 102 1
2005 13 8 129 0
2006 1 9 133 0
2006 16 4 93 1
2007 1 3 20 0
2007 12 9 156 2
2008 1 3 31 1
2008 10 8 46 1
2009 1 6 71 1
2009 14 2 22 0
2010 12 4 61 0
2010 17 11 125 1
2011 11 3 41 1
2011 14 7 149 1
2012 8 5 52 0
2012 17 2 13 0
2013 6 6 117 1
2013 17 6 113 0
2014 3 3 34 0
2014 17 2 29 0
2015 3 9 134 2
2015 12 10 66 0
2016 5 6 81 2
2016 10 12 132 0

That’s a whole lot of yards, catches and touchdowns.

Fitzgerald is now in his 14th season, and he has looked pretty good through three games at the age of 34. In Week 1, he had six receptions for 74 yards against the Detroit Lions. Against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 2, he caught three passes for 21 yards and his biggest performance thus far came on Monday Night Football in Week 3.

Against the Cowboys, Fitzgerald caught 13 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown. Carson Palmer will be looking to him early and often.