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Anquan Boldin Produces in NFC Divisional Playoff

Posted Jan 12, 2014

Boldin competed for 60 minutes and racked up eight catches for 136 receiving yards against a feisty Panthers defensive backfield.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – It’s a great feeling to have Anquan Boldin on your side in the postseason.

Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman shared that sentiment in their postgame remarks following a 23-10 NFC Divisional Playoff win over the Carolina Panthers.

Boldin competed for 60 minutes and racked up eight catches for 136 receiving yards against a feisty Panthers defensive backfield.

“We see him do that at practice,” Willis said of the 11-year veteran and first-year teammate. “I look at 'Bo' and say, ‘How does he do it?’

“We’re very fortunate to have him."

The Panthers are likely wondering how Boldin was able to make so many clutch catches, many of which were over the middle of the field. 

It was the same type of performance the 49ers saw on the other side of the field when Boldin played for the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII.

This year, however, Boldin is on San Francisco’s quest for a sixth Super Bowl title.

Boldin’s physicality and smarts served well in a rough-and-tough game against the Panthers, a young defense that was flagged several times for unsportsmanlike penalty calls.

“We knew it would be a tough environment,” said Boldin, who caught four passes for 61 yards in the first half and added four catches for 75 yards in the second half, including a 45-yard gain to set up a Colin Kaepernick touchdown run.

“Amazing competitor,” Jim Harbaugh said of the 49ers wideout the team received from Baltimore via trade for a sixth-round pick.

Boldin tallied his fourth career 100-yard game in the postseason; the 49ers have now had at least one 100-yard receiver in each of the team's seven playoff games under Harbaugh.

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Harbaugh sees his veteran receiver rubbing off on this year’s San Francisco squad.

The trade with Harbaugh’s older brother continues to pay off in this year’s playoff run.

Boldin even had the courage to step to his coach and tell him to back off the field during a hectic second-quarter sequence. Following a one-yard touchdown pass to Vernon Davis that was initially ruled incomplete, Boldin saw the 49ers head coach run on the field to argue with an official about the play clock running down.

Boldin told Harbaugh to back up.

“He said, ‘Coach, we can’t have that, get off the field,” Harbaugh shared of the line of communication.

The 49ers were awarded the touchdown and the flag was irrelevant. Nonetheless, Harbaugh was pleased with his stud receiver, not just his actions.

“That’s the first penalty I’ve ever gotten,” Harbaugh said. “Not happy about it, but we dodged a bullet.

“I’ll try to do better.”

The 49ers will be facing bullets next week in the team’s third straight appearance in the NFC title game. The Seattle Seahawks, however, will have to contend with a formidable passing attack.

“That’s the good thing about this team,” Boldin said. “We have weapons all around.”

Count Boldin in that group.


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