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Anquan Boldin: This year will be different because ‘we’re gonna win’

Guarantees this time of year are not that uncommon, dating back to Joe Namath‘s famous prediction that the New York Jets [1] would shock the football world and beat the heavily-favored Colts in Super Bowl [2] III.

But whenever a Patriots’ opponent takes a similar stance it’s sure to find its way into the team’s locker room.

Earlier this week, it was Brendon Ayanbedejo ripping the Patriots’ no-huddle offense and lobbing insults referring to “Spygate” and the 18-1 season of 2007. He later apologized.

But that was a back-up linebacker who rarely sees the field. On Wednesday, starting wide receiver Anquan Boldin [3] was reminded that this is a rematch of last year’s AFC championship in the very same venue that produced New England’s 23-20 win and ended the Ravens’ season in heartbreak.

On Wednesday, at the team’s practice facility in Owings Mills, Maryland, Boldin was asked why this year would be any different.

“[Because] we’ll make it different,” he replied.


“We’re gonna win,” he said without missing a beat.

There likely won’t be any apology coming from Boldin.

For more Patriots news, visit the team page at weei.com/patriots [4]. WEEI 93.7FM will broadcast the AFC Championship game between the Patriots and Ravens on Sunday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m.