For only the second time in his career, 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin was named as Offensive Player of the Week. He previously won the award while with the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3 of the 2010 season.
In Boldin’s first game in Red and Gold, he posted an eye-popping 13 receptions for 208 yards and one touchdown in Week 1. With those kinds of numbers, it was no surprise he won the NFC Offensive Player of the Week award. Let’s hope he continue his big production in the Week 2 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.
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Boldin’s total yards in Week 1 was the most receiving yards by a Niners wideout in a regular season opener. The previous record was 169 receiving yards that was held by no other than Hall of Famer Jerry Rice. The legendary Niners receiver set the record on September 5, 1994.
Here are some other interesting facts about Boldin’s big day last Sunday. Only three times in NFL history has a receiver posted at least 10 receptions and 200 yards in Week 1 of the regular season. Anquan owns two of those three records. He became the first receiver in league history to post 100-yard receiving games in each of his debuts for the three teams he has played for (Arizona Cardinals, Ravens, 49ers).
Who would have thought seven months after losing the Super Bowl to the Ravens, Boldin would be in San Francisco, let alone producing the type of numbers he did in his debut. I never thought I would go from hating a player so much, to now having so much love and appreciation that he is on our team. We still have a few months to go, but I cannot wait to see Boldin and Michael Crabtree on the field together. This will be a great dynamic-duo the Niners offense will have in the final weeks of the season.