Thursday, January 31, 2013
Anquan Boldin's Super Bowl role reversal
By Jamison Hensley
NEW ORLEANS -- Wide receiver Anquan Boldin is one of four Ravens with Super Bowl experience, but he's enjoying this experience much better than his last.
Four years ago, when he was with the Cardinals, Boldin got into a sideline shouting match with Todd Haley after he was removed during the team's game-winning drive in the NFC championship game. He then stormed off the field at the end of the game when the rest of his teammates celebrated a trip to the Super Bowl.
Boldin has been more instrumental in this Super Bowl run with a league-leading 276 yards receiving this postseason, an average of 92 yards per game. He also wasn't standing on the sideline in clutch situations, catching two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter in the AFC Championship Game.
“I think in Arizona, I don’t know how to say it, but there were times that for some guys, being yourself wasn’t what they wanted," Boldin said. "That’s one of the things the Ravens have allowed me to do, just come in and be a football player. Coach (John) Harbaugh talks about it all the time: let your light shine, be yourself. They really allow you to do that, so I’m happy for that.”
Where Boldin has shined the most in these playoffs is putting points on the board. Joe Flacco is 3-for-3 when targeting Boldin in the end zone this postseason, according to ESPN Stats & Information. In the regular season, Flacco was 3-for-10 on those throws to Boldin (10 of 28 to all other receivers).