Editor’s note: This is the second part in a series that spotlights three 49ers-Raiders matchups to watch Sunday, 1:25 p.m., at O.co Coliseum.
49ers WR Anquan Boldin vs. Raiders CB Tarell Brown
Tale of the tape
Boldin (81): 6 foot 1, 220 pounds, 12th season, Florida State
Brown (23): 5 foot 11, 190 pounds, eighth season, Texas
On an offense full of players having subpar seasons, Boldin stands alone with the 49ers. Boldin needs just 157 yards over the 49ers’ final four games of the season for the seventh 1,000-yard season of his career. He would become the first 49ers player with back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons since Terrell Owens in 2002 and ’03.
Brown is in his first season with the Raiders after playing the first seven years of his NFL career with the 49ers. He spent one summer of training camp lined up daily against Boldin, so he has a good idea of what to expect. Brown lines up exclusively at right cornerback. He will see a little of all the 49ers receivers, but probably more of Boldin than anybody else.
“All the guys do a great job of making plays,” Brown said. “(Colin Kaepernick) spreads the ball around really well, gets the ball into the playmakers’ hands and let them do the rest. All those guys can potentially hurt you short and can turn a short gain into YAC (yards after catch) really quick.”
Brown does not have any interceptions on the season, but he has broken up 14 passes, according to the statistics compiled by the Raiders coaches. Brown is the Raiders’ fifth-leading tackler, and that’s an area in which he must excel on Sunday. He is 30 pounds lighter than Boldin and will have to overcome Boldin’s strength advantage to keep him in check.