BOSTON (CBS) – After walking off the Gillette Stadium field last January following the loss to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, Baltimore Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin felt plenty of emotions.
“Definitely disappointed, heartbroken, all of the above. It’s a feeling we took into the offseason, definitely,” Boldin said from the Ravens locker room on Wednesday.
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But on Sunday, the Ravens will have another opportunity to knock off the Patriots on their own turf. They came a Lee Evans drop and Billy Cundiff miss from doing it last year, but this time around, Boldin vows it will be different.
Why will this year be different?
“Because we’ll make it different,” Boldin said.
More importantly, how will it be different?
“We’re gonna win,” he replied.
While Boldin stopped short of the famous sport guarantee that fires up online message boards and team bulletin boards, his message was clear. This time around, the Ravens are expected to make the plays when it counts most; whether it be a game-winning catch or field goal.
And what athlete wouldn’t be confident in his own team when they’re one of four still playing?
Boldin had himself an afternoon in last year’s AFC Championship game with six receptions for 101 yards, with 47 of those yards coming on the Ravens final drive. But he was held in check for most of the afternoon, even with receiver Julian Edelman covering him, and the Ravens couldn’t find the end zone, or the space between the uprights, on that final drive. So instead of walking off the field with a trip to Indianapolis, they were heading back to Baltimore to clean out their lockers.
The loss has been with the Ravens since that January afternoon in Foxboro, and they are eager for another shot at the defending AFC Champions.
While Boldin says it will be different, he and the rest of the Ravens still have to prove it on the field.
Tune in to the AFC Championship game at 6:30pm on Sunday on 98.5 The Sports Hub, WBZ-TV, or LISTEN LIVE on CBSBoston.com! Pregame coverage begins on WBZ with Patriots GameDay at 11:30am, and at 3pm on 98.5 with Patriots Preview. Following the game, tune in to three hours of coverage on the Sports Hub, and to Patriots 5th Quarter over on myTV38.