Some may recognize this headline from another article. Well, if no one else was going to write it, I figured I would. Joe Flacco had a truly memorable post-season. I can only hope that history will treat this game as the mostly flawless performance it was to finish a mostly flawless post-season for Joe Flacco rather than focusing on power outages or even Ray Lewis.
The true story of the 2012 NFL playoffs has been Flacco. He certainly had a lot of help from a bunch of clutch catches by Anquan Boldin and the worst defensive play in Divisional Playoffs history, but the finality of what he did cannot be ignored. For all of the prognosticators out there, there is a steadfast rule about the NFL playoffs: If your quarterback throws for 8 or more touchdowns in a post-season without an interception, your team will win the Super Bowl and the quarterback in question will win MVP.
A previous column detailed just how good the stats were for Flacco, even including the first two years of his career. One problem he seemed to have was a lack of comebacks in his post-season career. Well, just like some other wins, he just takes large leads so comebacks are not necessary. Now, he can print his name next to another famous Joe from the eastern part of the United States. He became the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for 11 touchdowns in the playoffs without an interception. The other Joe, of course, is Joe Montana. With Flacco's 63 wins, no signal caller has had more in their first five seasons. While a Niner quarterback on the opposing sideline threw an interception to break a San Francisco Super Bowl passing streak that Montana started, Flacco coolly led the Ravens to a 21-6 half time lead with three touchdowns.
No matter how anyone looks at it, Joe Flacco was able to make throws for 65 yards in the air with a frozen football or find a guy on the opposite sideline. He was able to scramble and throw passes on the run that only Anquan Boldin could catch. He was unstoppable. He was unflappable. He was unFlaccable.