49ers' trade for Boldin paying off, while Harvin remains sidelined

49ers' trade for Boldin paying off, while Harvin remains sidelined
January 18, 2014, 12:00 pm
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Anquan Boldin had 85 catches for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns during the regular season. (USATSI)

SEATTLE -- Coach Pete Carroll announced on Friday that Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin would not be available for the NFC Championship game on Sunday due to a concussion.

Then, he made a statement about Harvin that undoubtedly got the attention of the 49ers.

“He'll be back practicing next week,” Carroll said. “He'll be ready to go and get back on the field, and we'll be thrilled to have him back."

Next week?

The winner of Sunday’s game advances to Super Bowl XLVIII. It’ll be the end of the line for the loser -- no more practices.

[NEWS: Harvin ruled out for NFC Championship]

The 49ers-Seahawks rivalry was in full effect even in the offseason months. On March 12, the Seahawks acquired Harvin in a trade from the Minnesota Vikings. The Seahawks gave up their first and seventh-round picks in 2013 and a third-round selection in 2014.

Then, Seattle signed Harvin to a six-year, $67 million contract with $25 million of guaranteed money.

On that same day, the 49ers acquired Anquan Boldin from the Baltimore Ravens for a sixth-round draft pick. The 49ers picked up the final year of Boldin’s contract for $6 million.

Seattle's investment has not paid off. Meanwhile, the 49ers have gotten incredible production from Boldin for a fraction of the cost.

Harvin underwent hip surgery and barely played this season. He caught one pass for 17 yards in the regular season. He had three receptions for 21 yards last week against the New Orleans Saints before leaving with a concussion.

Boldin has been healthy and spectacular for the 49ers. He caught 85 passes for 1,179 yards and seven touchdowns in the regular season to go along with 11 catches for 174 yards in two postseason games.