OWINGS MILLS - Using his hands to escape an attempted jam from Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr, Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin freed himself to haul in a 31-yard catch along the sideline, eventually knocked out of bounds at the Cowboys' 4-yard line.

Running back Ray Rice scored on a 1-yard run three plays later to push Baltimore's lead to 31-23 with just less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

The catch was one of a team-high five for Boldin during Sunday's victory against Dallas. His 98 yards were also a team-best.

With the physical 6-foot-1, 220-pound Boldin as his primary target, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco finished 17-of-26 for 234 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions against a physical Cowboys pass defense that entered the weekend as the NFL's top-ranked unit.

"I thought [the wide receivers] did well," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. "There was a lot of physical play outside there on the edge. A lot was going on out there, and I thought our guys did a good job of playing right through it, especially Anquan. He did a great job. All of them did, though."

Overshadowed some at the beginning of the season, Boldin has quietly re-emerged as Flacco's top target in the passing game during recent weeks.

Boldin leads Baltimore in both catches (28) and yards (429). He is averaging more than 15 yards per catch and has produced a team-best nine catches of 20 yards or longer. He has been targeted by Flacco a team-high 44 times.

Boldin has 18 catches for 311 yards during the Ravens' last three games.

Sunday marked his third straight game with at least 82 receiving yards.

He had just 10 catches for 118 yards in Baltimore's first three games.

"I mean that guy, he's pretty strong," Carr told ESPN Dallas last week. "You see it on film, just his demeanor. He's a nasty receiver, doesn't mind mixing it up with the [defensive back], beginning of the route, top of the route. Once he gets the ball, he's a physical run after the catch receiver. Whoever is on him will just have buckle down and be prepared to fight a real dogfight with a real dog, D-A-W-G."