Boldin eager for second chance

Boldin eager for second chance
January 31, 2013, 9:00 am
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Ravens glad to turn their focus onto the game

Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin has some unfinished business.

Boldin is one of just four players on the Ravens' active roster who have played in a Super Bowl, but his one appearance resulted in a gut-wrenching loss. Boldin's Arizona Cardinals roared from behind to take a 23-20 lead over the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII in 2008, only to have Santonio Holmes make a lunging, stretching, falling-out-of-bounds end-zone catch with 35 seconds left to give the Steelers a 27-23 win.

Now Boldin, in his third season with the Ravens, is back on pro football's biggest stage, and he has vowed to "come back here and finish what I didn't finish a couple of years ago."

Boldin has seemingly been of a singular mind ever since the Ravens' 34-17 loss to Denver in the regular season. The locker room was somber after that loss, the Ravens' third straight, and players spoke of being embarrassed. Boldin said he was "frustrated," but he also said that, "I still feel like we’re going to win this division, like I said. We’re still going to make noise in the playoffs."

After the Ravens beat the Colts in the first round of the playoffs, Boldin had fire in his eyes as he said he looked forward to the rematch with the Broncos, which the Ravens won, 38-35, in double overtime.

Boldin then all but guaranteed the Ravens would go to Foxborough and beat the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, which they did to advance to Sunday's Super Bowl.

"We always believed," he said after the AFC title game.

At 32, Boldin might not have many Super Bowl chances left. He knows it and he's playing like it. He had a team-high six catches for 71 yards in the win over Denver, and then had five catches for 60 yards and two touchdowns in the AFC Championship Game.

He described playing in the Super Bowl as a "once in a lifetime opportunity," and now he gets to do it a second time. He's determined to make the most of it.

"The one thing I took away from my first Super Bowl is you don't want to walk away not holding that trophy," he said at Super Bowl Media Day. "That's something that sits with you. ... It's bugged me since that day. I'm glad I'm able to get back here and try to make right on that."