Anquan Boldin is one of the toughest wide receivers in the league and he has proven throughout his career that he is also one of the most productive receivers as well. However, he was expected to be a huge difference maker for the Baltimore Ravens this year and that’s why they went out and traded for him this offseason. Last week he got his chance to make the big play against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the playoffs and Q dropped the ball. Literally.
After the game, Boldin told reporters that the throw by Joe Flacco on third and goal was “low.” It might’ve been low, but it was certainly a catchable ball. Especially for a guy who is considered one of the top receivers in the league and especially for a guy that talked about wanting the ball more throughout the regular season. I respect Anquan Boldin and he is one of the top receivers in the game, but if you’re going to talk about wanting the ball more, you better be able to back it up when it comes your way. Anquan Boldin wasn’t able to do it and will now be watching the AFC Championship Game this weekend instead of playing for the right to go to Dallas.
Anquan Boldin joined WQAM in Miami on the Michael Irvin Show to talk about whether or not he feels the Ravens should’ve beaten the Steelers, what the message was at halftime after taking an early lead, how the defense felt after having a tough second half, and what he expects to see this weekend between the Jets and the Steelers.
Whether or not he is still disappointed about the loss against Pittsburgh:
“Yeah. I think it’s one of those situations where we know we should’ve won. We felt like we gave that game away. It’s one of those things where you have all offseason to think about it. The thing is we play this game for a reason. Because we’re competitive, because we’re resilient and even when we’re disappointed we let that motivate us to come back the next year and work even harder.”
What the message was at halftime after getting out to an early lead:
“Definitely. Our whole talk in the locker room was don’t let up. Continue to play ball and don’t let up because they’re a good team and just like we scored 21 points in the first half, they can easily do it in the second half. Our whole thing was not to let up and continue to keep the pressure on them.”
How tough it was on the defense after a tough second half against the Steelers:
“Yeah I think so. The feeling for everybody was disappointment. There are a lot of feelings that run through you after you lose a game like that especially in the postseason. When you make it to the playoffs, there’s no guarantee that you’re going to make it through to the next week, but we felt like we had what it took to get to the Super Bowl. When you lose in the playoffs your season comes to an abrupt halt. It just stops completely. When you’re in the playoffs you’re playing to get to the Super Bowl and feel like your last week is going to be the weekend of the Super Bowl. Everything just stops and for us we were disappointed, heartbroken and you name it, that was us. For our defense, I think they played well all season, but we put them in tough situations with the three consecutive turnovers in their own red zone. It’s tough for any defense to overcome that and I don’t care who you’re playing.”
Who he expects to see win the game this weekend between the Jets and Steelers:
“It’s a tossup. The team that makes the least amount of mistakes is going to win the game. I think it’s going to be a defensive battle and one of the quarterbacks is going to have to come up with a play to win it. I think whoever doesn’t pretty much beat themselves will win the game.”