Intense Boldin keeps making big catches for 49ers

AP Photo/Bill HaberSan Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin (81) pulls in a touchdown reception in front of New Orleans Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis (28) in the first half of an NFL football game in New Orleans

SANTA CLARA — Dropping passes is so out of character for Anquan Boldin that he and offensive coordinator Greg Roman shared a little laugh about it last week after a few balls went through Boldin's hands in New Orleans.

Boldin despises missing potential receptions, so imagine how infuriated he felt when four slipped through his grasp against the Saints.

“Always. They burn and it's something that you think about, but at the same time you can't let that affect the next game or the next play,” he said. “That's something you vow not to let happen again, come out, work your butt off and move on.”

Boldin has had few subpar games in his two seasons with the Niners (6-4), and he certainly bounced back from that one in New Orleans on Nov. 9.

He caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Colin Kaepernick in Sunday's 16-10 road win against the New York Giants, and coach Jim Harbaugh has adopted Boldin's mantra of considering each week a “one-game season.”

“Everybody knows where we are, it's not a secret. We're the ones who put ourselves there,” Boldin said. “If it's going to get done, we're going to have to do it. We're not looking for anybody outside to come and help us. We know that we're good enough to make things happen. It would be a great story for us to be 4-4 and then win the Super Bowl. That's how we're looking at it, every week is win or go home.”

He is doing his part.

Boldin has five or more receptions in eight of San Francisco's 10 games. He has a team-leading 56 catches — 13 more than No. 2 receiver Michael Crabtree — heading into Sunday's home game against Washington (3-7).

Those dropped balls fueled Boldin even more.

NOTES: LB NaVorro Bowman, whose 21-day window during which he could be activated opened Tuesday, is scheduled to be examined by a team doctor Friday, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio said. He is not practicing this week. … Fangio doesn't expect NT Glenn Dorsey to be ready to play Sunday. “Nothing negative has happened,” Fangio said. “I think it's kind of where it was last week at this time.”

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