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Boldin weaves winning touch

By Times Staff
Published December 5, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO - Anquan Boldin got to the end zone about 50 yards after he should have been tackled.

But players such as Boldin often are the difference between merely disappointing teams like the Cardinals and truly dismal teams such as the 49ers. Boldin's stumbling, staggering run through inept tackling was a fitting way to win for Arizona.

Kurt Warner was 29-of-45 for 354 yards, and Boldin turned one of his 11 catches for 156 yards into the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald, who had eight receptions for 129 yards, ran wild through San Francisco's inexperienced secondary. But the Cardinals couldn't take control until Boldin turned a short catch on third and 20 into a 54-yard, broken-field rumble, avoiding five tackles and diving into the end zone with 10:45 left.

"I realized that it was third and 20, and I tried to cut back across the field to give us a chance to get the first down," said Boldin, a former Florida State standout. "I made (about) two guys miss, and it just opened up from there."

NOTABLE: In his third start for the 49ers, No.1 draft pick Alex Smith remained winless - and without a touchdown pass - in his pro career. He was 11-of-12 for 138 yards in the first half, but 5-of-12 with three interceptions after halftime.

[Last modified December 5, 2005, 06:43:34]


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