In one of the most head-scratching moves of the NFL offseason, the Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens traded former Florida State wide receiver Anquan Boldin to the San Francisco 49ers for merely a sixth-round pick. In case you have a short memory, the move was so head-scratching because you could make a case that Boldin played the most vital part in the Ravens’ Super Bowl run last season. He had four catches and four touchdowns, while continually bailing QB Joe Flacco out of some sticky situations.
Sunday, Boldin made his debut with his new team and, in the only way he knows how, showed the Ravens that they may have made one of the dumbest moves in NFL offseason history.
The former FSU standout finished his opening week with a mind-blowing 13 catches for 208 yards. He contributed well more than his fair share to the efforts of his new quarterback, the electric Colin Kaepernick.
After capturing the NFL by storm last season by leading the 49ers all the way to the Super Bowl coming off the bench a few games into the season, Kaepernick opened up his 2013 campaign by throwing for a career-high 412 yards.
But the story of the day was undoubtedly the instant chemistry that Boldin and Kaepernick displayed. Boldin emerged as Kaepernick’s go-to outlet on multiple occasions, but on no other occasion was this more evident than late in the game when it mattered most.
Late in the fourth quarter with the game on the line, 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh decided to go for it on 4th-and-2. With Kaepernick rolling out to his right, Boldin moved himself around in space, found an open hole and then Kaepernick found him for a first down.
After that, it was virtually game over.