Boldin keeps getting called old and slow. He is old, keeping him healthy all year will be the challenge for the Niners, whose love of veterans is the biggest difference between Seattle and the Niners. But calling him slow is a mistake, Boldin has never been fast. He adds to the toughness of the Niners big time. Moss and Manningham were mistakes because they didn't add toughness. Boldin does. He is a great post up player who comes up big when it matters.
Boldin will be a big test of Kaepernick's talents. It took Flacco some time to trust that the guy is open when he looks covered.
Seattle won this in the eyes of Vegas, who moved us from 10-1 to 5-1. And we won this on the field. Harvin adds stress to all three phases of the other teams coordination. They knwo going into the game they need more points than normal. I know in Minnie Harvin was used sparingly on special teams, but not in Seattle, our stars play special teams, and he will stress out the other teams specials. And it goes without saying, he adds stress to the defense. My immediate thought was how a team that doesn't like to sub much, like the Niners, is going to struggle to cover him with a safety or linebacker. In fact, on first down against base defenses, Harvin's presence makes loading the box against Lynch a fools errand.
Simply put, Boldin is a physical presence, but he doesn't make a defense wonder who they need to double team. Harvin does.
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