Telegraphing the play

January, 18, 2009
1/18/09
4:24
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Trust me. I'm no football savant. But it wasn't too hard to figure out where Arizona was going with that first-and-goal play at the 1-yard line.

Receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who already had two touchdown receptions, split out wide left and was the only receiver in the formation. Cornerback Sheldon Brown followed him. And no one else.

Talk about a bad matchup. Sitting here in the press box, we all looked down on that formation and had little doubt what was about to happen. Fitzgerald is 6-foot-3 and the NFL's best receiver at outfighting opponents for the ball. Brown, 5-foot-10, was helpless.

Mike Sando will have much more on this later, but it's a tribute to the Cardinals' coaching staff that they have been able to get Fitzgerald in single coverage so often Sunday afternoon. Fitzgerald is now the third player in NFL history to have at least three touchdowns in an NFC Championship Game.

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