Ravens notebook: Boldin upset with officiating
Anquan Boldin thought twice about answering a question about the officials during Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Steelers. Then, the veteran Baltimore receiver unloaded.
“They were making bad calls all night, “Boldin said about the referees. “I know they don't want me to say it, but this is what it was: You can't allow a guy to hold and when a receiver breaks free, call a pass interference. You can't have it both ways.”
Boldin was upset because a pass interference call on him midway through the third quarter nullified a first down. The Ravens had to punt two plays later.
“If you are going to allow us to play football, let us play football,” said Boldin, who had five catches for 81 yards despite being targeted a game-high 12 times. “If guys want to hold, I know how to get a guy off me. You can't let a guy hold somebody and complain about a guy throwing somebody off when he is trying to get out of a route.”
Boldin was called for three penalties.
• Fullback Vonta Leach (6-0, 260) clobbered Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton with a block that bent the 350-pound Hampton over backwards. Hampton had a couple of choice words for Leach following the play. “He was just being a competitor. It was a play we worked on all week. I don't think he saw me coming, and I had a nice shot on him. He thought he was going to make a play out of the backfield, and I came out of nowhere to hit him,” Leach said.
• Safety Bernard Pollard said he felt the Ravens gave the game to the Steelers. “One loss doesn't define a team, but this is a loss we shouldn't have had. This (stinks), this (stinks) to let a team off,” Pollard said.
• Ed Reed doesn't have his most career interceptions against the Steelers, but the veteran safety sure has some important ones. His fourth-quarter interception of Charlie Batch in the end zone was his sixth career pick against the Steelers in 18 games. It was Reed's 61st career interception, the most in Ravens history and the most of any active defensive back. Charles Woodson has 55. Reed's most interceptions have come against Cincinnati (11) and Cleveland (10).
• Linebacker Terrell Suggs left in the second half with an arm injury. Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said that there was no immediate word on Suggs' condition.
— Mark Kaboly