Browns can't stop Boldin

Browns can't stop Boldin
September 28, 2012, 4:58 am

When talking about the teams strong passing attack in the first part of this 2012 season, most of the discussions involved Joe Flacco and wide receiver Torrey Smith.
But Anquan Boldin joined that conversation Thursday against the Browns.
Boldin finished with nine catches for 131 yards and even though he didnt score a touchdown, the veteran proved a crucial part of the Baltimore offense and a big reason the Ravens were able to escape with a hard-fought 23-16 victory over Cleveland on a rainy night at M&T Bank Stadium.
Boldin came up especially big in the second half, where he made eight of the nine catches for 125 of his yards.
The Ravens needed Boldin, and he came through.
My number was called tonight, Boldin said. We knew coming in it was going to be a real tough game coming off a short week and having a division opponent come in. Its a division opponent, and any time you play a division opponent, its going to be a tough game.
Boldin made three catches on the first drive of the second half, a 13-play march that ended with Flacco scrambling for a 1-yard touchdown. The veteran caught passes of 18, 21 and 21 yards on that drive.
The second possession of the quarter saw him make a pair of 7-yard catches plus a 10-yard reception. He then added a key 28-yard catch as the Ravens were trying to run out the clock in the fourth quarter.
Anquan Boldin had some huge catches, said Ravens coach John Harbaugh.
That last catch proved to be one of games most crucial plays. The Ravens were facing second-and-12 at their 18 before Flacco found Boldin deep down the right side for the 28-yard game. It helped the Ravens eat up more time while trying to hold on to a seven-point lead.
We just called a fade, and Joe just gave me a chance, Boldin said. I tried to pin the guy as much as possibleget on top of him and pin him so he wont be able to make a play on the ball, and it turned out the way we thought it would.