Nov 15, 2011 3:20 PM
Tempe, AZ - Arizona Cardinals wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD has been named the "NFC Offensive Player of the Week" for his performance in last Sunday's 21-17 victory against the Philadelphia Eagles.
This is Fitzgerald's first career Player of the Week selection of his career and he is the first Cardinals receiver to be named Offensive Player of the Week since Roy Green won exactly 23 years for his performance against the Giants on 11/13/88.
Sunday in Philadelphia, Fitzgerald had seven catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals victory. He set up the game-winning touchdown with a 37-yard reception to the Eagles one-yard line with under three minutes to go in the game. Three plays later, quarterback John Skelton connected with wide receiver Early Doucet for the game-winning points.
Fitzgerald's second touchdown of the game, a seven-yard completion in the fourth quarter, was the 70th of his career and established a new franchise record. He passed Green (69) for the most touchdowns in team history. With that touchdown, Fitzgerald also became the third-youngest player in NFL history to reach 70 touchdown receptions, trailing only Randy Moss and Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.
All seven of Fitzgerald's catches from Sunday's game resulted in a touchdown or first down for the Cardinals. He averaged 20.9 yards per catch and had three catches of 25+ yards (42, 37 and 29 yards).
Fitzgerald's selection marks the second time in as many weeks that a Cardinals player has been selected as Player of the Week. Punt returner Patrick Peterson earned special teams honors last week following the Cardinals week 9 victory against the St. Louis Rams.
The last time the Cardinals were honored in consecutive weeks was in 2009: LaRod Stephens-Howling (Special Teams, Week 12) and Kurt Warner (Offense, Week 13).