Just like last year, there was a Harbaugh on the sidelines reaping the benefits of having Anquan Boldin as a wide receiver in the playoffs. Except Boldin was making the clutch catches for the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday and not the Ravens.
And the 49ers didn't let the Ravens forget about it.
Asked if Boldin was worth the sixth-round pick that San Francisco gave the Ravens, right guard Alex Boone told the San Francisco Chronicle, “I think he’s worth a first-round pick, and I think the Ravens are really kicking themselves right now.”
Boldin finished with eight catches for 136 yards receiving, playing a key role on back-to-back touchdown drives that shifted the momentum in the 49ers' 23-10 win over the Carolina Panthers. This shouldn't come as a shock to the Ravens. During his time with the Ravens (three years of postseason play), he totaled the NFL's most playoff receiving yards (616) and most touchdown catches (six).
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John Eisenberg, of the team's official website, gives his early thoughts on what the Ravens will do in the draft. "You can’t go wrong with either an offensive lineman or a wide receiver in the first round. Both are major needs," Eisenberg wrote. "One thought that might sway you: You can get impact receivers after the first round, but it’s hard to get starting-caliber tackles after the mid-first round. The Ravens are seldom drafting that high. If a highly-regarded tackle is there, you might not want to pass him up."
Wilbert Montgomery, who isn't returning to the Ravens as their running backs coach, told The Baltimore Sun that there's no hard feelings. "It was a good six years in Baltimore," Montgomery said. "It was a good run, but I understand why it's time for me to move on. I wish those guys well and hope they have a great season and wish them well. Things, they do run their course." The question that was left unasked was his role in Ray Rice being on the sideline for most of the first half in the regular-season finale.
Former Ravens running back Damien Berry denies putting his Super Bowl ring up for sale, telling The Baltimore Sun that the pending auction wasn't authorized by him. But the founder of Goldin Auctions said that he has a copy of a sales agreement with Berry that includes witnessed, notarized documents.