After the two sides were unable to come to a compromise with regards his salary, the Baltimore Ravens traded wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick in the 2013 NFL Draft on March 11.
When many wondered if the 49ers’ wide receivers could step up and produce with Michael Crabtree injured, it was Boldin who stepped up and had the game of his career in the opening game against the Green Bay Packers as he had 13 catches for 208 yards and one touchdown reception as the 49ers beat the Packers 34-28 in an exciting game in Candlestick.
Boldin proved his status as the security blanket for Colin Kaepernick as he snaked his way through the middle of the Packers’ defense on a third-and-six to score a 10-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter. After a very productive first half, it would have been natural to assume that Boldin would slow down, but he continued to be targeted by Kaepernick and was in the middle of big plays for the 49ers.
While Kaepernick himself also had a very good game, it was Boldin who takes the game ball in the end on this 49ers win. Whenever the 49ers needed a conversion to keep a drive going or to score a touchdown, Kaepernick went to Boldin, who did not fail his third-year quarterback as his sure hands and veteran presence helped the 49ers execute when needed.
Boldin showed that he can do for Colin Kaepernick what he did for Joe Flacco late last season with his great performance on Sunday afternoon.