Larry Fitzgerald helps Carson Palmer get his first playoff win

Larry Fitzgerald helps Carson Palmer get his first playoff win

Source – Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Just like that, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald sprinted and weaved his way 75 yards into another chapter of Arizona Cardinals history.

A play later, he took a shovel pass from quarterback Carson Palmer and sent the Cardinals to the NFC championship game next Sunday.

After regulation ended with Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers throwing a 41-yard Hail Mary to tie the game at 20, Palmer found Fitzgerald wide open on the first play of overtime in the middle of a broken play.

Fitzgerald did the rest, nearly scoring after showing that, at age 32, he’s still got the speed to run his way to a game-winning touchdown. He gave the Cardinals a 26-20 win at University of Phoenix Stadium.

“We are a resilient team,” Fitzgerald said after the game. “We believe, we believe … you just have to keep fighting.”

Even when Fitzgerald didn’t touch the ball in Saturday night’s win, he still found a way to help the Cardinals advance.

On first-and-goal from the 9-yard-line, with 3 minutes, 50 seconds left in what was an underwhelming performance by Palmer, the quarterback went to old reliable yet again. Before the Cardinals’ biggest touchdown of the season, Fitzgerald had 90 of his 96 yards in the second half. Of course he was going to be Palmer’s target.

Palmer tried to zip a pass into Fitzgerald, but rookie Damarious Randall — a rookie out of Arizona State — got his left arm in between Fitzgerald and Palmer’s pass. The ball hit his forearm and bounced in the air. Had this been any other throw in any other quarter Saturday night, it would’ve likely ended up in the Packers hands. But the ricochet bounced too high and too deep for any Green Bay defensive back to come down with it, and the touchdown landed in Michael Floyd’s hands.

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