Joe Flacco went right back to wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

Why not?


Boldin already had two big catches on the drive. And given the opportunity, he produced yet another.

Settling into a soft spot in the Cleveland Browns' zone, Boldin pulled in a short pass from Flacco, eluded a tackler and rumbled 10 more yards down to the Browns' 2-yard line.

Flacco ran for a short touchdown just two plays later, a score set up primarily by Boldin.

After posting only 10 catches through the Ravens' first three games, Boldin was Flacco's primary target during Thursday's 23-16 win against the Browns.

He finished with nine catches for 131 yards, including three grabs for 60 yards on the drive that ended with Flacco's short scoring run.

"My number was called," Boldin said. "We knew coming in that it was going to be a tough game coming off a short week and having a division opponent coming in. We knew we were going to have a have a battle, and I think we were prepared for it."

Boldin had just one grab for six yards in the first half, but had eight for 125 yards in the second half.

"He was just out there making plays and playing the way Anquan is capable of," fellow receiver Torrey Smith said. "All he has to do is touch the ball, and that speaks to [him being] a dominant player and he showed that. He's our top receiver and we all feed off of him, and I think that helps us out a lot when he's touching the ball."

Six of Boldin's second half catches resulted in first downs, including an acrobatic 28-yard grab with Baltimore clinging to a seven point advantage and just less than four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

The catch allowed the Ravens to hold onto the ball for more than two additional minutes before Cleveland finally forced a punt and took possession at its own 10-yard line with just more than one minute left in the quarter.

"He came out big," Flacco said of Boldin. "[He was] huge for us in the second there, just really strong catches. At the end there, I threw a nine-route to him and he did a great job going up for it and coming down [with it], allowing us to run more time off the clock.

"That proved to be pretty big. [He also had] a couple of huge catches for us in the scoring drive. He had an awesome night. When we were struggling a little bit, we looked to him, and he came up big for us."