GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Vonnie Holliday #91 of the Arizona Cardinals high fives Daryl Washington #58 after a defensive stop against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated the Seahawks 23-20 in overtime. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Pro Football Focus recognized once again the players graded the highest at each position during Week 17. With their win on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, the Arizona Cardinals had a couple of players who made that list. One is no surprise -- receiver Larry Fitzgerald -- who not only a spectacular day in numbers, but also had two amazing plays in overtime.
The other player recognized is less expected -- reserve defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday.
Fitz had nine catches for 149 yards. He had two catches in overtime, including one in which he had to horizontally extend himself and haul in a ball with one hand, pin it against his chest and and on it without losing control. AND HE DID IT WITH A LUNG INJURY! (shouting intended).
He earned a +5.4 on the day and these comments:
Fitzgerald may have been more impressive. Erratic QB play and a bruised lung couldn't stop him making the kind of plays that deserve more attention.
Vonnie Holliday is not a guy you expect to have an impact on the game. He did. He had five solo tackles, all of which PFF classified as "stops." He made at least two great plays that stopped plays behind the line of scrimmage. His game grade was a little high than the one Fitz had. Holliday got a +5.5. All of this and he played only 38 defensive stats.
PFF said this:
Holliday was forced into more snaps than you're ever likely to see from him again, and showed he still has it with five defensive stops and two QB hits.
It may be the last time we see Holliday play ever again, and if so, what a way to go out.