Josh Weinfuss, ESPN Staff Writer 361d

Larry Fitzgerald is best receiver against 49ers in NFL history

TEMPE, Ariz. -- There hasn’t been a receiver in NFL history better against the San Francisco 49ers than Larry Fitzgerald.

The Arizona Cardinals star has 2,067 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns in 26 games against the Niners, both the most against San Francisco.

But those numbers don’t matter to Fitzgerald, the 34-year-old said.

“My record is like .500 against them, though,” he said. “That’s not what I qualify as success. They beat us during some of the best years. [When] we went to the Super Bowl, I think they swept us that year. It’s always been back and forth.”

The Niners actually swept the Cardinals in 2009, the season after Arizona went to Super Bowl XLIII. In that Super Bowl season, though, Arizona swept San Francisco.

Fitzgerald is 12-14 against the Niners since the Cardinals drafted him in 2004. Arizona has swept the season series five times in that span, including the past two seasons, to San Francisco's six sweeps.

Fitzgerald has won five of his past six against the Niners after losing nine of 10.

Before Fitzgerald’s 149-yard outing Monday night against Dallas, his previous triple-digit effort came in Week 10 last season against the Niners. Should Fitzgerald have another 100-yard game Sunday -- something he’s done 10 times in his career -- it’ll be his first back-to-back 100-yard games since Weeks 2 and 3 of 2015.

It’ll also propel Fitzgerald past Steve Smith into seventh on the NFL’s career receiving yardage list. He’s currently 99 yards behind Smith.

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