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Baltimore Ravens wide receiver caught 22 passes for 380 yards, four touchdowns in playoffs

By Aaron Wilson The Baltimore Sun

The Super Bowl was a classic game for Ravens veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin, a continuation of his historic postseason.

Boldin caught six passes for 104 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown catch, during a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

His production included converting a third-and-7 with a 30-yard catch to extend a drive, and connecting on a third-and-3 with a 30-yard completion where he outmuscled 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver.

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"He's just a huge playmaker," offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell said. "He's one of those guys that, without question, you have to find ways to get him the ball. He's going to make some things happen. In extremely tough situations, he plays big."
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That was the case for Boldin throughout the playoffs.

After catching 65 passes for 921 yards and four touchdowns during the regular season, Boldin hauled in 22 catches for 380 yards and four touchdowns in the playoffs, as he averaged 17.3 yards per reception.

His catches and receiving yards were both Ravens single-season playoff records.

The yardage ranks Boldin seventh in NFL playoff history behind Larry Fitzgerald, Hakeem Nicks, Jerry Rice, Steve Smith, Charlie Brown and Anthony Carter.

And his catches tied him for sixth in NFL playoff history with Joseph Addai, Tony Nathan and Dan Ross.

"Tough, physical, unselfish, Anquan is a warrior," Ravens receivers coach Jim Hostler said. "He's a football player. He embodies what this team is all about."

Midway through the fourth quarter, Boldin beat Carlos Rogers for a 15-yard catch to extend a drive capped by Justin Tucker's 38-yard field goal.

“He came up huge,” Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco said. “He did a great job on getting open on some of the routes that he had. And we relied on him big time at the end with one of those third downs.

"They rotated over the top of him, so you really wouldn’t throw that ball too much. He got a little bit of separation there and he did a great job of catching the football. That’s a beast right there.”

Boldin doesn't really care about his statistics, though.

 “Everything that you do, everything that you work for is to get to this moment, to get to this point,” Boldin said. “Over my career, this has been what it’s all about. The personal accolades doesn’t mean much to me.

"The money doesn’t mean that much. Winning the Super Bowl, this is why I play. This is why I play through injuries. This is what I get up early in the morning to work out. All for this moment right here.”

Although there has been speculation that Boldin could be a potential salary-cap casualty since he has a $7.531 million salary-cap figure and a $6 million base salary in the final year of his contract, the reality is the Ravens would like to hold onto him.

They haven't reached out yet to Boldin to initiate a potential contract extension, but it's regarded as a strong possibility at this point since none of the younger receivers have emerged as a potential replacement.

"You never know because it always changes," Hostler said of the receiving corps. "We'll see what happens. We love these guys right now. They're warriors. I wouldn't want to be with anybody else right now."

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I recently started Victor Hugo's novel "Les Miserables," which most people seem to prefer in movie or musical theater form if only because those take less time. You can get the story in under three hours instead of taking who knows how long to plow through the 1,232-page Penguin edition.

No, I'm not fishing for sympathy. Having this mountain of pages to climb gives me great peace of mind. I like starting books, and I like reading books. What I don't like is finishing books, and with "Les Miserables," that won't be a problem for a while.

Finishing a book means the end of something pleasurable — otherwise, I would have tossed it aside long before. It also fills me with dread and terror, because it means I have to decide what to read next.

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For years I avoided "Les Miserables," partly because it seemed like the reading equivalent of Jean Valjean's 19 years as a galley slave. But then my daughter gave it to me for Christmas, and I have a firm policy of reading any book my kids give me.

Besides, what's so great about skinny books? As a friend of mine says when people ask him why he reads mammoth volumes, "If you really like a book, why would you want it to be shorter?"

No one, after all, seeks out ski mountains because they have short runs. No one wishes Beethoven had done three-minute symphonies. No one exercises in hopes of achieving an abbreviated life span.

One- or two-pound books spare me, for a while, the most painful part of my reading regimen: indecision. When I reach the end, I'm tormented by all the options before me: Fiction or history? Biography or memoir? Contemporary or 19th-century? American or British? I can't sleep soundly till I decide how to spend the coming weeks or months.

Yes, months, because after a youth spent gobbling down books like a starving goat, I have come to understand the wisdom of taking ... them ... slowly. It's not much of an accomplishment to have read every important author if most of what they wrote escapes you afterward.

So I try to pay attention to every word and sentence, underlining the ones that grab me. And I don't read books once. I read them twice: stopping every 50 or 100 pages to go back and read them again.

Given my inadequate capacity for retention, it's the only way I can remember what I've read for more than 72 hours. And if I really want to remember it — well, there's no law against reading the same volume three times.

The first time through, I'm reading the book. The second time, I'm living in it. The third time, it's taking up permanent residence in me.

This approach has other attractions. My greatest fear in life is being stuck somewhere with nothing to read. I once boarded an eight-hour nighttime flight only to find that my overhead reading lamp was broken and every other seat was taken. Oh, and the in-flight movie was "Inspector Gadget."

Now I take not only a book but my own reading light — with spare batteries. If you don't mind rereading, one book is all you need.

Even my hourlong daily commuter train ride is agony without a supply of printed words. Once in a while, an accident on the tracks ahead will delay us for an hour or two. Major inconvenience? No, exceptional reading opportunity.

Writer Joe Queenan recently published a memoir, "One for the Books," in which he claims to have read 6,128 of them in his 62 years, or more than 100 a year, with plans to finish 2,137 more before his life story reaches The End. I haven't kept up with him so far, and I have no ambition to try.

In fact, my goal is to read only a dozen or so books each year, and read them slowly and carefully. A book read that way doesn't sit on your shelf. It percolates in your soul.

I'm of the view that anything worth doing is worth prolonging and worth revisiting over and over. The best books are like the best romances: They last as long as you live.

Mind if I stop now? I have some reading to do.


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New England blizzard: Forecasters are predicting more than 2 feet of snow in New England, and blizzard conditions, including high winds, blowing snow, and coastal flooding.

By Denise Lavoie and Holly Ramer, Associated Press

The National Weather Service forecasts blizzard conditions in New England by late Friday afternoon.

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