With the Arizona Cardinals minus one star receiver, Fitzgerald stepped up to the tune of nine catches for 123 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Whether it was Charles Tillman or Zack Bowman, Fitzgerald proved nearly impossible to cover, routinely making difficult receptions look easy in Arizona's 41-21 win over the Bears.
"He has powerful hands," Bowman said. "I saw one on the sidelines that he caught against Tillman, and Charles had perfect coverage against him. Just an excellent catch. You win some, you lose some."
Sadly, the Chicago Bears were mostly on the losing end. Quarterback Kurt Warner threw for five touchdowns, while directing the Arizona offense to 438 net yards. To make matters worse, the Cardinals converted a nauseating 57 percent (8 of 14) of their third-down attempts.
"We didn't play good football today," Danieal Manning said. "We just didn't play football."
The only negative for Arizona might be its decision to not play Boldin, who had some choice words for the organization after the game in the Cardinals' locker room. Boldin had reinjured his sprained right ankle in last week's 34-21 loss to Carolina, but had hoped to be able to play against the Bears.
"I didn't make the decision," Boldin said. "If I had made the decision, I would have been playing. When I came back in [from pregame warm-ups], all of my stuff was out of my locker. It wasn't the field [playing surface] or anything like that. That's the best I've felt in three weeks.
"Nobody was man enough to come to me and tell me what was the situation. I would have felt better had somebody been man enough to walk up to me and tell me what the situation was, but I had to walk back in the locker room and find all of my stuff gone."