The Baltimore Ravens are heading to Super Bowl 47, according to wide receiver Anquan Boldin. They still have to make an important stop in Foxboro to take on the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, but the 10-year veteran doesn’t sound all that concerned about that.
On Wednesday, Boldin told reporters that the Ravens were going to make the outcome of this year’s playoff game against New England different than last year. You might remember in that game when Billy Cundiff shanked what would have been a game-tying 32-yard field goal as time expired. Boldin isn’t worried about a repeat performance from the Ravens.
“We’ll win,” he said confidently, according to the Ravens official website.
Boldin made a similar comment last week leading up to Baltimore’s game against the Denver Broncos, telling reporters that the outcome would be different than when Denver beat the Ravens 34-17 in Week 16. He was right. He did not, however, guarantee a victory.
Every player who is taking part in a conference championship game this weekend believes their team is going to win — or at least they should. The reason people take issue with statements like the one Boldin made is that a team seemingly gains nothing from them. It’s nothing more than bulletin board material for the opposition, and Brendon Ayanbadejo has already provided the Patriots with plenty of that by ranting on Twitter over the weekend. I’m always an advocate for letting the play do the talking.
Chest bump to Tom E. Curran of CSNNE.com