Larry Fitzgerald Sneakily Made the Most Important Play of Cardinals-49ers Game

Arizona Cardinals veteran star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald made one of the most clutch plays that helped secure their win over the 49ers in Week 1.
Arizona Cardinals veteran star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald made one of the most clutch plays that helped secure their win over the 49ers in Week 1.

Arizona Cardinals veteran star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is no stranger to coming up clutch in big moments.

And while Sunday's fleeting seconds before the half of a Week 1 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers were far from the biggest stage he's faced in his storied career, he delivered with the same sense of urgency that helped Arizona secure the upset win.

Trailing 13-7 with fewer than 15 seconds remaining in the second half, Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray completed a pass to DeAndre Hopkins without any timeouts remaining.

Mere moments later, Fitzgerald, a now 16-season veteran in the league, ran over and snagged the ball before taking off in a full spring back to his center to set the ball for a spike. This allowed for the Cards' kicker, Zane Gonzalez, to hammer home a 56-yard field goal that kept Arizona in the game at 13-10 going into the half.

While the final score of 24-20 may not prove the importance of those three points that were result of Fitzgerald's hustle, the mindset of a 3-point deficit going into the half and scoring on a hurry-up drive arguably play an important role in inspiring a comeback win.

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