It was halftime of the Colts/Ravens AFC Divisional Round match up and Baltimore wide receiver Anquan Boldin had a goose egg on the stat sheet.
The Colts had shut down Boldin in the first-half and were down 10-6 to the Baltimore Ravens.
Thanks to five catches for 145 yards following halftime it was Boldin who made several critical catches in ending the Colts season.
Boldin continued that all postseason long for the AFC Champion Ravens.
Traded for a sixth-round draft pick in the offseason, Boldin is now a member of the San Francisco 49ers and is high atop the priority this weekend for the Colts secondary.
“He’s a technician,” Colts cornerback Greg Toler, who played with Boldin in 2009, said of the 10-year veteran.
“If you get physical with him, he likes to get physical back.”
The word “physical” was extremely popular when describing Boldin’s skill set.
As a three-time Pro Bowler, Boldin doesn’t have elite speed but it’s the physicality he brings to the receiver position that makes him one of the league’s most consistent receivers.
“He’s usually more physical than other guys we go up against and that’s how he creates his separation,” cornerback Darius Butler says.
Boldin is the fastest receiver in NFL history to reach the 400, 500 and 600 career reception marks.
In his first game with the 49ers, Boldin caught 13 passes for 208 yards.
The Seattle Seahawks made it a priority to take Boldin out of the game last week and they did that as he caught just one pass for seven yards.
This week the Colts secondary know exactly what they will be dealing with in Boldin and hope their first-half success from last year’s matchup carries over to Sunday.
“He’s got strong hands,” cornerback Cassius Vaughn said of what makes Boldin elite.
“He must work on them every day because once he grabs it, he’s got it. As a DB, you just want to make sure that he doesn’t get close to it because he does have some very strong hands.”
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