In crunch time, Fitzgerald bests Bucs' Revis
The Tampa Tribune, published 30 September 2013

Darrelle Revis looked at his matchup against Larry Fitzgerald as a heavyweight bout, admitting Arizona's Pro Bowl receiver landed a knockout punch. Widely regarded as the best cover corner in the league, Revis shadowed Fitzgerald most of the day and quarterback Carson Palmer did not throw a single pass toward Fitzgerald in the opening half. But Fitzgerald was targeted nine times in the final two quarters, finishing with six catches for 68 yards.

And on Arizona's initial snap following a Patrick Peterson interception, Fitzgerald lined up wide left and beat Revis cleanly with a dazzling in-out-in fake for a 13-yard touchdown that forged a 10-10 tie with 3:06 remaining.

“It was a battle back and forth,'' said Revis, who posted six tackles and his first interception as a Buccaneer. “You throw a punch, he throws a punch back. It goes back and forth. I tip my hat to him. On that (touchdown) play, he did a great route in the red zone. ... It was a triple move. That was the game plan this week, to line up with Larry.''

Late in the third quarter, with the Bucs nursing a 10-0 advantage, Revis picked off a Palmer pass intended for Fitzgerald at the Tampa Bay 20. “You're playing against one of the top corners in the business,'' Fitzgerald said. “He's going to win at times. I would love for him not to be able to do that, but there's a reason he gets paid $90 million to play cornerback in the NFL. He showed that he's as good as ever and it was great to go head-to-head with him.''

Peterson also picked off Mike Glennon's final pass, prompting Arizona coach Bruce Arians to say Sunday's game featured more than one premier cornerback. “I think he (Peterson) is the best in the league,'' Arians said. “I'm sorry, some will argue that Darrelle is, but I don't even think it's close.''