Fitzgerald on a prolific playoff run

Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald is on a playoff run that matches any other wide receiver in NFL playoff history.

Fitzgerald followed up two 100-yard performances in the Cardinals’ first two playoff games with another outstanding day in the NFC Championship Game against the Eagles, finishing with nine receptions for 152 yards and three touchdowns (highlights).

His prolific run during his first postseason puts Fitzgerald in exclusive company. Fitzgerald’s 419 receiving yards during the 2008 playoffs are the most in a single postseason, since 1970, as well as the most by any player in NFL history during his first three career playoff games.

Most receiving yards, single postseason
Year Player Team Games Yards
2008 Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals 3 419
1988 Jerry Rice 49ers 3 409
2003 Steve Smith Panthers 4 404
1983 Charlie Brown Redskins 3 401

The rest of Fitzgerald’s 2008 playoff numbers also stack up against the best. His five touchdown receptions rank second all-timeĀ (behind Jerry Rice’s six during the 1988 playoffs), and his 23 receptions are tied for third all-time, trailing New England’s Wes Welker (2007) and Carolina’s Steve Smith (2005), who each totaled 27.

Fitzgerald has one more game to put himself at the top of each of those lists.

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