Flacco beats Brady after knocking off Manning

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 20, 2013 at 11:14 pm •  Published: January 20, 2013
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Joe Flacco beat two of the NFL's greatest quarterbacks to get the Baltimore Ravens to the Super Bowl.

Now he's the man with the rich resume going into the biggest game of his life.

Flacco helped end Tom Brady's season one week after he did the same to Peyton Manning, throwing three touchdown passes in the second half and leading the Ravens to a 28-13 win over the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game Sunday.

"We didn't come all the way here to play it safe and hope to win," Flacco said. "We came here and we were in the AFC championship game and you have to go play to win."

Do that one more time, against the San Francisco 49ers, and he'll add a Super Bowl championship to a stellar postseason record.

He'll just have to outplay first-year starter Colin Kaepernick. Finally, he's the quarterback to beat.

"He's a great quarterback," said wide receiver Anquan Boldin, who caught two touchdown passes. "I don't know why people keep doubting him because the bigger the situation is, the bigger he plays, and he's proven that time and time again."

The 49ers, though, opened as 5-point favorites for the NFL championship game.

Flacco completed 21 of 36 passes for 240 yards against the Patriots. One week earlier, he completed 18 of 34 passes for a postseason franchise record 331 yards in a 38-35 double-overtime win over Manning and the Denver Broncos. In each game he threw for three touchdowns — and no interceptions.

Brady was 29 for 54 for 320 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. And Manning went 28 for 43 for 290 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

Oh, and Flacco beat the Indianapolis Colts and rookie quarterback Andrew Luck 24-9 in the wild-card round.

"We've always believed in Joe," coach John Harbaugh said, "and for Joe to come out and to have this kind of a game and this kind of a stage three weeks in a row — Luck's a pretty good quarterback, Manning's a pretty good quarterback and Brady's a great quarterback.

"All those guys are great players, but Joe's a great quarterback. And Joe has proven that. He's not just proven it this year, he's proven it for five years."



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