On the other hand, it might be more accurate to say he was the quarterback of record in five playoff victories. When the Ravens whomped the Patriots 33-14 two years ago, for instance, they ran it 52 times and threw it 10. Flacco’s passer rating that afternoon: 10. His career postseason rating: 66.2.
Granted, he’s better than Trent Dilfer, who rode one of the greatest defenses in history to the 2000 title. And granted, his supporting cast, outside of Ray Rice and wily Anquan Boldin, is fairly pedestrian. But there’s nothing about Flacco — save his 6-foot-6 height — that really stands out. How many quarterbacks, with Lewis and Co. behind them, could be doing what he’s doing?
So that’s where he is as Sunday approaches — a little brother trying to become a big brother, with the biological clocks of Lewis and Reed ticking ever louder. The Patriots, the team of the millennium (so far), are on the docket, and Joe Flacco has to play the best game he’s ever played. That’s all.
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Dan Daly has been writing about sports for the Washington Times since 1982. He has won numerous national and local awards, appears regularly in NFL Films’ historical features and is the co-author of “The Pro Football Chronicle,” a decade-by-decade history of the game. Follow Dan on Twitter at @dandalyonsports –- or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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