Plenty of hard hits are doled out on game day, and Anquan Boldin likely landed the two hardest.
Boldin had 2 catches for 42 yards in the Ravens’ 16-13 overtime victory against the San Diego Chargers, but the receiver knocked two players out of the game with bone-rattling hits.
The biggest one came on the 4th-and-29 conversion by Ray Rice in the fourth quarter that helped the Ravens tie the score at 13 to force the extra period.
"Anquan Boldin came back and had as good a football block – legal football block – as physical of a block as you will ever see in football," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "That’s who he is and that made the play happen."
Chargers safety Eric Weddle was close to stopping Rice a few yards short, but Boldin avoided hitting him from behind, hitting him shoulder-to-shoulder and drilling him into the ground.
Rice made the first down. Weddle went out with a concussion and didn't play in ovetime.
"Game is on the line. My guy has the ball in his hands trying to get the first down, It’s my job to block," Boldin said. "If I don’t have the ball I’m a blocker."
Rice later said he didn’t know who delivered the block to free him. Weddle said didn’t remember anything.
"I saw (Weddle) coming to make the tackle. He would’ve made Ray cut back in,” Boldin said. "Other guys pursuing would’ve tackled him. I wasn’t going to let him make the tackle."
In the first quarter, Boldin had a 19-yard catch. Safety Atari Bigby came over the top to help guide him out of bounds, but Boldin lowered his shoulder and drilled him in the chest.
Bigby, 211 pounds, literally bounced off, flying through the air and about 5 yards back as he crashed hard to the sideline. He left the game with a groin injury, only playing 18 of the defensive snaps for San Diego.