Aug 17, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) on the sidelines during the 2nd half against the Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks likely to match up Richard Sherman against 49ers’ Anquan Boldin


In his first game for the red and gold, wide receiver Anquan Boldin torched the Green Bay Packers to the tune of 13 catches, 208 yards and one touchdown.

That’s not something the Seattle Seahawks are going to let happen to them, or at least, will do the best to prevent it.

In not so shocking news, San Francisco 49ers beat writer Matt Maiocco says the Seahawks will match up star defensive back Richard Sherman opposite Boldin for their NFC West battle Sunday evening.

Per CSN Bay Area:

Things do not figure to come nearly as easy this week against the Seahawks, who will undoubtedly learn from the Packers’ failed approach.

“Of course,” Boldin said. “Nobody wants to make the same mistake that the previous team made. That’s why you watch film. That’s why you game plan. Things that teams do well the following week, opponents will try to take that out.

“We can only speculate. We watch film and we think we’re going to get certain looks, but you don’t know until the game comes.”

The Packers played mostly zone coverage against Boldin so they could react quickly any time Kaepernick began to scramble. With inexperienced Green Bay safeties M.D. Jennings and Jerron McMillian a step slow to react all day, Boldin routinely found seams in the Packers secondary.

The Seahawks, meanwhile, play a lot of press coverage with their cornerbacks. All-Pro Richard Sherman figures to be in Boldin’s face for most of the game.

The 49ers’ wide receivers corps were questioned all preseason long, though, they produced despite their lack of names. Now with Boldin likely being kept in check, can they step up?

Tags: Anquan Boldin Richard Sherman San Francisco 49ers Seattle Seahawks

  • Matthew Scheer

    I hate to contradict San Francisco 49ers beat writer Matt Maiocco, but he should have done his research. The Seahawks rarely ever put a specific player on another player. Their scheme and personnel don’t require it, and actually benefit from staying stationary in formation.

  • Matthew Scheer

    I hate to contradict San Francisco 49ers beat writer Matt Maiocco, but he should have done his research. The Seahawks rarely ever put a specific player on another player. Their scheme and personnel don’t require it, and actually benefit from staying stationary in formation.

  • Brandon Purdy

    Seattle do not flop their corners. Browner is a better match up against Boldin anyway.