Jim Harbaugh has been even more tight-lipped than usual this week, but he dropped one of his best quotes since saying he was “happier than a pig in slop” the day after NaVorro Bowman’s pick-6 sealed the win over Atlanta on Harbaugh’s birthday.
On New Year’s Day, Harbaugh was asked about Anquan Boldin.
“I love his personality. Serious about winning. Serious about being really good. He comes to work, he goes home, he comes back to work and kicks ass day after day. I love it,” Harbaugh said.
Based on what we’ve seen since Boldin arrived via trade, Harbaugh is right. He doesn’t seem to take any days off, but there was one day in particular when he booted more posterior than any other since joining the 49ers: the first game of the 2013 season, against the Green Bay Packers.
Boldin caught 13 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown. With the 49ers facing the Packers once again on Sunday, my wife made GIFs of darn near every catch he made to remind everyone how much ass Boldin kicked that day. So that should explain what’s going on if this post crashes your computer/phone.
Here’s his first catch, which went for 9 yards on 3rd-and-5:
Here’s Boldin with a 7-yard reception on 2nd-and-12 in the second quarter:
Then Kaepernick threw a 22-yard pass to Boldin on the next play:
His next catch only went for 3 yards, so let’s skip ahead to Boldin’s touchdown reception:
To prove that Boldin really did have two 22-yard grabs in the second quarter, here’s the other one (See? Totally different part of the field!):
Would you believe Boldin had a third 22-yard reception? Of course you would, you watched this game and Boldin seemed like he made 22-yard receptions every other play. This one came on 3rd-and-9 in the third quarter:
After this he had a 9-yard catch to set up a 2nd-and-1. After Frank Gore rushed for the first down, Boldin once again found himself wide open. This play went for 30 yards:
No way we could skip this 9-yard catch where Boldin make Kaepernick look good by somehow corralling this pass with one hand. We’ve seen him make a few one-handed grabs this year, and it’s not by accident. Boldin purposely catches passes in warmups with one hand all the time, and made a couple amazing one-handed plays during training camp in the practices made available to the media. This play set up a first and goal at the 2-yard line (Vernon Davis caught his second TD pass of the day on the next play):
Boldin’s longest play of the day went for 43 yards, with 25 yards after the catch to move the 49ers to Green Bay’s 32 early in the fourth quarter:
We’ll skip a 7-yard catch on first down, so all that’s left is the 15-yard catch on 4th-and-2 that put the 49ers at Green Bay’s 21-yard line, where they ran a bunch of time off the clock before Phil Dawson kicked a field goal to give the 49ers a 6-point lead with 30 seconds left: