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Browns can't stop Boldin

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Browns can't stop Boldin

When talking about the teams strong passing attack in the first part of this 2012 season, most of the discussions involved Joe Flacco and wide receiver Torrey Smith.
But Anquan Boldin joined that conversation Thursday against the Browns.
Boldin finished with nine catches for 131 yards and even though he didnt score a touchdown, the veteran proved a crucial part of the Baltimore offense and a big reason the Ravens were able to escape with a hard-fought 23-16 victory over Cleveland on a rainy night at M&T Bank Stadium.
Boldin came up especially big in the second half, where he made eight of the nine catches for 125 of his yards.
The Ravens needed Boldin, and he came through.
My number was called tonight, Boldin said. We knew coming in it was going to be a real tough game coming off a short week and having a division opponent come in. Its a division opponent, and any time you play a division opponent, its going to be a tough game.
Boldin made three catches on the first drive of the second half, a 13-play march that ended with Flacco scrambling for a 1-yard touchdown. The veteran caught passes of 18, 21 and 21 yards on that drive.
The second possession of the quarter saw him make a pair of 7-yard catches plus a 10-yard reception. He then added a key 28-yard catch as the Ravens were trying to run out the clock in the fourth quarter.
Anquan Boldin had some huge catches, said Ravens coach John Harbaugh.
That last catch proved to be one of games most crucial plays. The Ravens were facing second-and-12 at their 18 before Flacco found Boldin deep down the right side for the 28-yard game. It helped the Ravens eat up more time while trying to hold on to a seven-point lead.
We just called a fade, and Joe just gave me a chance, Boldin said. I tried to pin the guy as much as possibleget on top of him and pin him so he wont be able to make a play on the ball, and it turned out the way we thought it would.

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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