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Anquan Boldin didn’t make a big fuss about facing his former team.
Boldin, who was traded from the Arizona Cardinals to the Ravens before last season, wasn’t even a captain before Sunday’s game.
“For me, that doesn’t matter,” he said. “I’m a Raven.”
Boldin let his play do the talking.
If there’s one player that can be pointed to for helping the Ravens mount their biggest comeback in team history, it’s Boldin.
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He caught seven passes for 145 yards (the most in his time as a Raven) and drew three other key penalties on a Cardinals defense that simply couldn’t cover him.
“Anquan was definitely the catalyst in the whole thing,” Head Coach John Harbaugh said. “They had his arm pinned down once or twice, and he still made catches. It was Anquan that got us going from the jump.”
Boldin had two catches for 28 yards in the first half. He was one of the several offensive players who stood up at halftime to say a few words.
The Ravens went to him on their first drive of the second half and never stopped. They saw a mismatch with second-year cornerback A.J. Jefferson and wanted to feed their playmaker.
First it was a 37-yard completion along the right sideline in which he out-jockeyed Jefferson. Jefferson committed pass interference in the end zone on the next play, setting up a touchdown.
Baltimore went right back at him on their third drive of the quarter. It started with a 23-yard gain versus Jefferson, then a nine-yard gain on a one-handed catch. Flacco then hit Boldin deep for a 27-yard pick-up, then one for 21 yards.
Another pass interference in the end zone, this time on cornerback Patrick Peterson, set up another touchdown.
Boldin had four receptions for 80 yards – on one drive. He logged five catches for 117 yards in the third quarter alone.
All but one came right in front of the Cardinals sideline, seemingly even sweeter for Boldin, who racked up three Pro Bowls during his seven years in Arizona.
“When you need to make plays, and when you need to score some points, you need to go to the guys you feel confident that are going to be able to do it for you, and he came up big,” quarterback Joe Flacco said.
Boldin has now had a few monster games for the Ravens this season.
He had eight catches for 132 yards against the Houston Texans two weeks ago. He caught seven balls for 74 yards versus the Rams in week three and got the Ravens going against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1 with a long touchdown reception on their first drive.
“Anquan Boldin is a star. Always has been,” Offensive Coordinator Cam Cameron said.