Can San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin Continue Postseason Success?
Anquan Boldin has been an unstoppable force throughout his career and always manages to step up even more in the postseason, but can he find a way to deliver a Super Bowl to the city of San Francisco? Boldin broke the hearts of the San Francisco 49ers last year in the Super Bowl where he was the leading man for the Baltimore Ravens. Boldin recorded six receptions for 104 yards and a touchdown on the big stage and was the second leading receiver in the game to current teammate Michael Crabtree. Boldin has the track record of producing big games at big moments, but this week it will not come easy as the 49ers travel to Seattle to face their arch-rival.
In his postseason career, Boldin has averaged over 75 yards a game and a touchdown every other game. But his numbers in recent years are even more astonishing. In Boldin’s last seven playoff games, he is averaging over 93 yards a game and has four touchdowns in that stretch. This postseason Boldin was relatively quiet in the Wild-Card Round, but he put on a show in the Divisional Round where he caught eight passes for 136 yards in a win that sealed the 49ers’ spot in the NFC Championship Game.
This season Boldin leads the team in receptions and receiving yards with 1,353 yards on 96 receptions, but how will San Francisco’s receiving corps fare when the team goes up against the legion of boom? In his last two trips to Seattle, Boldin had 29 yards receiving and zero touchdowns in those games. He did fare better and his last match-up with the Seattle Seahawks in Week 14 when he recorded 93 receiving yards, but that game was at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Can Boldin overcome his road woes at CenturyLink field and help propel the 49ers to the Super Bowl?
There is no doubt that Boldin has the ability to carry a team to a win, but a trip to Seattle will require a total team effort in order to get the win. Boldin has been hard to stop once he gets going, so if the 49ers get him involved early, expect a big game from No. 81.
Greg Douglas is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.
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