Confident Boldin was hoping to play Denver

January, 7, 2013
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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin didn't mince words when asked about playing at the Denver Broncos in Saturday's divisional round.

"I was hoping we would get them," he said. "So, they’ll see us next week."

The Broncos beat the Ravens by 17 points three weeks ago and didn't allow Boldin to make a catch. So why does Boldin think it will be different this time around?

“We’ll make it different," he said.

Boldin has a right to be confident, especially when it comes to the playoffs. In five postseason games with the Ravens, he has scored three touchdowns and has accounted for two of the franchise's three 100-yard receiving games.

Before Sunday's wild-card game against the Indianapolis Colts, Boldin was so confident that he told quarterback Joe Flacco that he felt like 200 yards receiving.

"I don’t know if he thought I was joking," Boldin said, "but he gave me a shot in the second half.”

Boldin set a Ravens' playoff record with 145 yards receiving, and the most impressive part is all of the yards came in the second half. It was the most receiving yards in the second half of an NFL playoff game since Jerry Rice posted 157 yards in the Super Bowl in January 1989.

"He’s a playmaker," Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. "He’s a competitive guy. He’s deceptively fast, got behind us on some double moves and he made some great plays down the field. He’s got great ability, he’s got great hands, he’s tough as heck to defend. We knew that going in. Our guys were right there and in certain spots he made the play and we weren’t able to. Credit Anquan, he’s been doing that for a long time."

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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