Anquan Boldin had an outstanding game in the NFL playoffs on Sunday to help the Ravens beat the Colts 24-9. Baltimore advances in the playoffs and will travel to Denver to face the Broncos next Saturday.
“I wanted Denver,” Boldin said, “because they beat us.
“We’ll make it different.”
Boldin was referring to the Broncos’ 34-17 Week 15 win over the Ravens in Baltimore. Denver led 17-0 at halftime and was up by as much as 28 points in the game. They dominated time of possession 38:34 to 21:24, forced two turnovers including a pick six, and out-gained the Ravens 350-278.
The Ravens have momentum entering Saturday’s playoff game at Denver, but so do the Broncos. Denver finished the regular season on an 11-game winning streak to earn a bye in the first round of the playoffs. Baltimore lost four of its last five games in the regular season but came through on Sunday.
Boldin was truly spectacular in the game. He had five catches for 145 yards and a touchdown (pictured above), and he consistently made difficult catches. But Baltimore had a tough time with Indianapolis overall. I’m not alone in thinking it will be a big challenge for them to beat the Broncos on the road, regardless of how badly Boldin wanted to face them.