His 62 victories, including the postseason, are more than any NFL quarterback since the start of the 2008 season.
More than Brady. More than Manning.
And now the 18th pick of the 2008 draft out who didn't play at a small-time school — he was a star at Delaware — he's going to the NFL championship game for the first time.
"From the first snap (when) he went against our defense, I knew he was a smart guy," safety Ed Reed said. "He blitzed him and he threw it straight to the sideline out of bounds because he knew we were coming. He's always been a leader (with) more than potential to lead us to where we're going right now."
It looked like he would lead the Ravens right out of the postseason in the first half when he completed just 6 of 12 passes for 81 yards with no touchdowns. But in the second half he went 15 for 24 for 159 yards with all three touchdowns.
"We hadn't gotten much going on offense," he said. "They do a good job stopping the run and we knew we had to come out here in the second half and make some plays in the passing game."
The Ravens didn't do that on their first series in the third quarter.
Then Flacco got rolling.
On his next three series he threw touchdown passes of 5 yards to Dennis Pitta and 3 yards and 11 yards to Boldin— all in a span of 10:01.
Just like that, a 13-7 deficit was replaced by a 28-13 lead.
With Flacco at the helm.
"These games are tough to win and we've put ourselves in the position to win these games and, eventually, you're going to push through and play the way you need to," he said.
No matter who the opposing quarterback is.
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