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Team-first Boldin Builds Pro Bowl Candidacy

Posted Dec 10, 2013

The 49ers veteran wide receiver is not interested in individual milestones or honors, but that doesn't mean he's undeserving of them.

What did it mean, personally, for Anquan Boldin to cross the 11,000-yard career receiving mark during the 49ers Week 14 win over the Seattle Seahawks?

“Nothing,” Boldin said matter-of-factly. “For me, it’s all about winning, point blank.”

So we wouldn’t expect a fourth Pro Bowl nod to mean much to San Francisco’s leading receiver.

But that doesn’t mean the team-first Boldin is undeserving.

The 11-year veteran paces the team in receptions (67) and yards (915) and ranks second with five touchdowns.

He’s also performed most of this season without having fellow top-flight wideout Michael Crabtree on the opposite side of the formation. Crabtree debuted in Week 13 after tearing his Achilles in May.

There’s been times throughout the year where Anquan’s gotten doubled and Vernon (Davis’) gotten doubled on the same play,” Jim Harbaugh said this week. “Michael’s presence out there and everything he’s done and everything he’s shown he can do since coming back, that’s another guy, high-level guy, that’s got to be accounted for.”

In other words, Crabtree takes the pressure off of Boldin the way Larry Fitzgerald once did in Arizona. Working in tandem has no doubt helped the ex-Cardinals pass-catcher.

His 11,080 career receiving yards ranks him 29th in NFL history. He’s one of just 30 players all time to reach the plateau.

Even if he’s not impressed, you should be.

PRO BOWL VOTE: SEND 49ERS PACKING

PHIL DAWSON

All the 15th-year kicker did on Sunday was set a franchise record for consecutive made field goals. Four more against the Seahawks means 20 and counting.

KASSIM OSGOOD

Another veteran, Osgood has more than made his presence felt on special teams. His blocked punt gave the 49ers early momentum and he was credited with two tackles by Harbaugh.

VERNON DAVIS

The tight end caught his 11th touchdown pass on Sunday and is now two short of tying his personal, single-season career high; he achieved that in 2009, the same year as his last Pro Bowl honor.

NaVORRO BOWMAN

Nine more tackles for the inside linebacker against the Seahawks means he has racked up an NFC-high 120 thus far in 2013. He has the fourth-most takedowns in the NFL. 

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