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Sunday, January 11, 2009
The showdown that wasn't

By Pat Yasinskas

Posted by's Pat Yasinskas

Steve Smith vs. Larry Fitzgerald
  Smith Fitzgerald
Thrown to 7 13
Complete 2 8
Yards 43 166
TD 1 1
Defended 2 1
INT * 3 1
* Pass intercepted while targeted at WR
-- ESPN Stats & Information

When Steve Smith didn't make first-team All-Pro last week, some Carolina fans were upset. There was even some thought that might inspire Smith (a second-team selection) to have a huge game Saturday night because he was going against Arizona and Larry Fitzgerald, one of the first-team All-Pro receivers.

But that didn't happen as Fitzgerald had a huge game and Smith, partly because the Cardinals did a great job defensively and partly because quarterback Jake Delhomme was so bad, had a very quiet game.

ESPN Stats & Information provided a detailed breakdown of the Smith/Fitzgerald matchup and it wasn't even close.

In fact, Fitzgerald was more productive than the entire Carolina passing game through the end of the first three quarters, when Arizona was holding a 30-7 lead.