FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh gathered his team together at halftime and gave them a bit of focused analysis and direct instruction about how they were going to beat the best organization of this era.
"We didn't come here to be conservative,” Harbaugh said, referring to an offense that had produced only seven points and a paltry 130 yards of total offense. "We're going to attack.”
In a transitive way, that pointed the responsibility of getting to Super Bowl XLVII directly at Joe Flacco. The quarterback delivered by going 15-of-24 for 159 yards and three touchdowns after intermission as Baltimore beat the New England Patriots, 28-13, in the AFC championship game.
The numbers only speak to the surface of what Flacco accomplished Sunday night and, in a grander sense, throughout the playoffs. Flacco completed a playoff run to the Super Bowl, pitting the Ravens against the Jim Harbaugh-led San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 3, that features wins over Andrew Read More »from Maybe now observers will label Super Bowl-bound Joe Flacco an elite NFL quarterback