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Fitz held down by sputtering Arizona offense

Associated Press Modified: November 1, 2012 at 8:46 pm •  Published: November 1, 2012

Fitzgerald is long accustomed to defensive attention. He said he's seen nothing new this year.

"Same old, same old," he said. "Just confuse, throw a lot of looks at you, roll over the top. It's the same difference. Nothing special."

Against the Packers, Fitzgerald will face an unpredictable defensive scheme. The 49ers' defense simply overpowers, the Packers will look to confuse.

"They're all over the place," he said. "They'll have 11 guys and not one of them have their hand down sometimes. You never know where the blitzes are coming from. They're walking all around. It's controlled chaos at times, it seems like."

Big plays have been few and far between all season, and Fitzgerald said it's important not to force things, even though his ability and size often result in some circus catch over one or two defenders.

"You force it, you're going to get turnovers," Fitzgerald said, "so when you do have favorable looks, you have to capitalize. We've had favorable looks throughout the season, there's no question about it. We can go back over any game. We've had shots. From St. Louis to Seattle to Minnesota. All games we've had shots. We just haven't capitalized on them. It all comes down to execution. When we do have favorable looks, we've got to make it happen."

Whisenhunt goes to considerable lengths to minimize the ability of defenses to take Fitzgerald out of the game, moving the receiver to various spots in the formation.

"What you try to do is make it harder for defenses to double him," the coach said, "and the only way you can do that is putting him in the slot, motioning him, lining him up in the backfield and moving him out of there. There are a lot of creative things that you do to try to keep that from happening. But you know during the course of a game, you're going to get a matchup, and you've got to try to exploit that."


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