Fitzgerald Scores 10th Playoff Touchdown in 8 Games

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJanuary 18, 2016

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 16:  Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals scores the game winning touchdown in overtime of the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Arizona Cardinals beat the Green Bay Packers 26-20.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald set an NFL record when he caught a five-yard touchdown pass during the overtime period of Saturday's 26-20 win over the Green Bay Packers, becoming the fastest player in league history (eight games) to record 10 career touchdown catches in the playoffs, per Elias Sports Bureau (via NFL on ESPN).

The previous record of nine games was held by none other than Jerry Rice, who eventually finished his career with 151 catches for 2,245 yards and 22 touchdowns in 29 postseason appearances, making him the all-time leader by a wide margin in all three major receiving categories.

While still far removed from Rice in terms of raw totals, Fitzgerald has been even more productive on a per-game basis, catching 53 balls for 912 yards and the aforementioned 10 touchdowns in his eight playoff appearances.

Rice averaged 5.2 catches for 77 yards and 0.8 touchdowns in his playoff career, compared to Fitzgerald's 6.6 receptions for 114 yards and 1.3 touchdowns.

Of course, Rice had a much larger sample size to work with, and he finished his career with three Super Bowl rings, whereas Fitzgerald is still chasing his first.

To be fair, Fitzgerald did everything in his power to win a ring back in 2008, when he caught 30 passes for 546 yards and seven touchdowns in four playoff games, only for his Cardinals to come up just a bit short in a memorable Super Bowl loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.


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