As the second quarter of the Ravens’ Week 8 game drew to a close, it certainly didn’t look like any “great” memories would be made that day – not for Ravens fans anyway…maybe for Cardinals fans. Arizona had come into Baltimore and, on the strength of a sack-fumble deep in Baltimore territory, a Torrey Smith drop that became an interception, and a long punt return touchdown rookie Patrick Peterson, taken a commanding 24-3 lead with just under four minutes left in the half.
This was immediately following the Monday Night loss in Jacksonville, and it looked like the entire season was unraveling before our eyes.
Then the Ravens started to play.
Specifically, Anquan Boldin had absolutely no interest in letting his old team come into his new home and smack him around. Boldin – with plenty of assists from Joe Flacco – took over.
After pulling to within 24-6 with a late first half field goal, the Ravens took the opening kick of the second half and went 80 yards on seven plays to make the score 24-13. Forty-eight of those yards were courtesy of Boldin – a great catch along the sideline for 37 and an 11 yard pass interference flag in the end zone.
Later in the third, Boldin had what may have been the series of his life: Six receptions on 10 plays, good for 89 yards and another PI flag – again in the end zone – for good measure. That’s right: Q generated an even 100 yards on the drive (it didn’t start at the goalline – a Ravens penalty set them back during the course of the series).
With the Ravens now trailing 24-20, Boldin would draw ANOTHER pass interference call near the end zone (this one at the 3), setting up Ray Rice’s third touchdown of the day as Baltimore took a 27-24 lead just one play into the fourth.
It would take a Billy Cundiff field goal as time expired to put the finishing touches on the win, but in the end it was the largest deficit ever overcome by a Baltimore Ravens team. Boldin finished his day with 7 receptions for 145 yards, and his pass interference flags set up each of Rice’s three short scores.
It wasn’t easy, but without Boldin and this giant comeback, we wouldn’t be talking about an undefeated season at M&T Bank Stadium.