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I can't wait for September, here's a fun thread to pass the time.

5. @ Minnesota 2009. The first time in his career he essentially took over a game. Granted Rice helped, but Flacco kept getting pummeled and yet kept fighting back. First time I saw him play and thought "he has it"

4. @ Denver 2013 Divisional
For the first time, everything that could go wrong went wrong and we still won, largely due to Flaccos big time arm.

3. @ Patriots 2011. In the biggest stage and the biggest moment, we found out everything we needed to know about Flacco. One of the most clutch passes ever, damn you Lee Evans.

2. Superbowl. If it weren't for the blackout and some weird offensive line blunders, Flacco might have broken some records. He showcased his huge arm and his ability to extend plays, capped off by a victory and an mvp award.

1. @ Pitt 2011. "92 yards against one great defense." Two crucial drops, and he still delivered. Doesn't get better than that.
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Awesome thread, and great choices.

I loved the game against AZ where he led us to the largest comeback in franchise history as well.

I always knew he "had it", before he ever stepped on the field, but the game that confirmed it for me was his rookie season against Cleveland when he brought us back from a double digit deficit. When we were down 13, I thought to myself that no Ravens team we ever had could comeback from this, and Flacco would prove he is the real deal if he could do so...and he did.
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Unfortunately Joe doesn't have many "complete games" of greatness because we always shut the passing game down if it succeeds or just let it flounder if it doesn't start well. The rare exception being the AZ game where the players convinced Cam to make an offensive adjustment, and the occasional though rare game winning drive opportunity.

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In no order Cardinals comeback 2011, Super Bowl, 2011 GW to Torrey at Pitt, 2010 GW to TJ at Pitt

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Honorable mention: Wild card vs. KC in 2010, @Minnesota in 2009, Week4 @ PIT in 2010 

 

 

5. Week 8 vs. Arizona in 2011

4. Week 9 @ PIT in 2011

3. Super Bowl 47

2. Divisional round @. Denver in 2012

1. AFCCG @ NE in 2011

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I can't wait for September, here's a fun thread to pass the time.

5. @ Minnesota 2009. The first time in his career he essentially took over a game. Granted Rice helped, but Flacco kept getting pummeled and yet kept fighting back. First time I saw him play and thought "he has it"

4. @ Denver 2013 Divisional
For the first time, everything that could go wrong went wrong and we still won, largely due to Flaccos big time arm.

3. @ Patriots 2011. In the biggest stage and the biggest moment, we found out everything we needed to know about Flacco. One of the most clutch passes ever, damn you Lee Evans.

2. Superbowl. If it weren't for the blackout and some weird offensive line blunders, Flacco might have broken some records. He showcased his huge arm and his ability to extend plays, capped off by a victory and an mvp award.

1. @ Pitt 2011. "92 yards against one great defense." Two crucial drops, and he still delivered. Doesn't get better than that.

 

I remembered cursing and yelling at the TV when Torrey dropped that pass in the endzone earlier. Then when Joe Flacco threw another to Torrey, I was running around in circles screaming and scaring the neighbors.

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The game that convinced me Flacco was more than what the media says he is was when he killed my Raiders. I know it was a secondary of Michael Huff and Ron Bartell but his throws were perfect.
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I know it wasnt a big pressure game,but his performance in week 1 of last season was THE best of his career passing wise.Besides maybe 2 throws,every single pass,read and audible he made that night was PERFECT!He had a few bad throws in the games you listed even though he was on for the most part in them.But  that Cincinnati game was just a quarterback clinic.

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Now that I think about it,he was on in the sb too.The only 2 throws I had a problem with was him under throwing Jacoby on the td and a pass on the right side to Torrey.I think the Smith pass was in the end zone.

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Week 16 against the Giants Flacco balled out as well, but the list you have is very good.
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I remembered cursing and yelling at the TV when Torrey dropped that pass in the endzone earlier. Then when Joe Flacco threw another to Torrey, I was running around in circles screaming and scaring the neighbors.

This is the truth.  I was in a bar at the time, and everyone had given up after the Torrey throw.  A minute later, the ground was shaking so hard you could barely stand up.

 

Nothing like a come-from-behind win against Pittsburgh.  This is definitely one of my favorites, with this years game at Mile High taking a very close second place.

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Awesome thread. I agree with everything on your list except I would flip 1 & 3.

Last year he went off in New England as well.

Also week 1 in 2011 against Pittsburgh. One of the greatest wins offensively and defensively I've ever seen us have
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Also in 2011 when he and Torrey Smith lit up the Rams. That was probably one of his best statistical performances in his career.


I also loved when he went to Atlanta in 2010 (I think) and played his butt off just to lose in heartbreaking fashion. :/
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1. SB47 - he was ON, against a great defense. he played ballsy, but smart, and he won with more than his arm, he won with his eyes, his toughness, and while our o-line got shredded by the pass rush, he stared down the field, shaking off multiple pass rushers, and kept making plays. 

 

2. @ pitt 2011 - the comeback, theres nothing i can really knock flacco for in this game at all, he carried us in a low key manner throughout the game, not making big plays, but not making mistakes, and making the key small plays that kept ben on the sidelines and kept the game within reach, and then he pulled off an absolutely spectacular drive inside the 2 minute warning, and when torrey dropped the td pass, he kept goin, and went right back to him for the GW TD. 

 

3. Denver divisional - if we wanna keep it real here, this more of a game full of luck, huge plays, defensive breakdowns, and raw emotion. joe made no mistakes, this is the game where he gets strip sacked in the 4th when were up by 3 and we end up losing, weve seen it so many times, but this game showed that that was all history. joe took advantage of all his opportunities when torrey beat champ, he saw a flat footed safety at the end and saved the day with a ballsy throw on 3rd down, instead of converting the first, he went for the throat, and thats what we love about joe. 

 

4. 2010 @ atlanta - so underrated, joe balled out in the 2nd half, something was wrong wth our entire team in the first half, we were just off. then when the 3rd quarter came around, joe became a superhero, threw 3 td's and carried us to a comeback, and sadly the defense stalled, i put this above the AZ game because that AZ game was more about boldin taking over, i dont agree with the talk about boldin carrying flacco and making him look better, but in this case, boldin really did put the team on his back. 

 

5. rookie year, divisional round vs titans - traveled to the first seed, to play the unstoppable titans, with their awesome front 4, their rough and tough secondary, that rushing game thats gonna keep our slow and one dimensional offense off the field.. but joe said otherwise, he threw a beautiful td pass early to derrick mason, gave us a opportunity to unleash our defense, and we took advantage while joe made all the right moves to manage the game, and as a rookie he brought us back at the very end to let stover do his thing and win it for us, and instead of making safe throws and being cautious, knowing we were tied, he made a ballsy seam throw, threaded the needle through double coverage, and slung that ball on a line to todd heap, it was clutch, and it was a sign of things to come. 

 

i dont want to count the afccg because nobody seems to remember we got very lucky that brady launched the ball deep into double coverage allowing the jimmy to get a pick, because joe had almost put the nail in our own coffin right before that, by throwing a idiotic pass directly to brandon spikes. it was a time to be clutch, and he tried to throw a seam to a guy who already covered perfectly, and did so without seeing the zone coverage underneath, and if it wasnt for the jimmys amazing pick, we would not have even had a reason to yell and shout about cundiff and evans, because we wouldnt have had a chance for a comeback drive. crucial mistakes in crucial moments are a big deal to me, and that pick he threw still floats around in my mind, thats not to say he didnt play a great game, but those kind of mistakes are deal brealers

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All great games everyone has been mentioning. I'll throw out the 2012 opener against the Bengals.

Two TDs, 299 yards, 70+% completion, 10+ yards/attempt, and a 128.4 QBR in 3 and a half quarters. Mid-way through the 4th, he was on the bench sipping Gatorade and relishing a blowout.
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I didn't include blowouts in my list. Not because Joe didn't play well in those games, but because to me they aren't as impressive as playing great and clutch in close games.

I forgot the Atlanta game, he was spectacular in the second half.
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1. SB47 - he was ON, against a great defense. he played ballsy, but smart, and he won with more than his arm, he won with his eyes, his toughness, and while our o-line got shredded by the pass rush, he stared down the field, shaking off multiple pass rushers, and kept making plays.

2. @ pitt 2011 - the comeback, theres nothing i can really knock flacco for in this game at all, he carried us in a low key manner throughout the game, not making big plays, but not making mistakes, and making the key small plays that kept ben on the sidelines and kept the game within reach, and then he pulled off an absolutely spectacular drive inside the 2 minute warning, and when torrey dropped the td pass, he kept goin, and went right back to him for the GW TD.

3. Denver divisional - if we wanna keep it real here, this more of a game full of luck, huge plays, defensive breakdowns, and raw emotion. joe made no mistakes, this is the game where he gets strip sacked in the 4th when were up by 3 and we end up losing, weve seen it so many times, but this game showed that that was all history. joe took advantage of all his opportunities when torrey beat champ, he saw a flat footed safety at the end and saved the day with a ballsy throw on 3rd down, instead of converting the first, he went for the throat, and thats what we love about joe.

4. 2010 @ atlanta - so underrated, joe balled out in the 2nd half, something was wrong wth our entire team in the first half, we were just off. then when the 3rd quarter came around, joe became a superhero, threw 3 td's and carried us to a comeback, and sadly the defense stalled, i put this above the AZ game because that AZ game was more about boldin taking over, i dont agree with the talk about boldin carrying flacco and making him look better, but in this case, boldin really did put the team on his back.

5. rookie year, divisional round vs titans - traveled to the first seed, to play the unstoppable titans, with their awesome front 4, their rough and tough secondary, that rushing game thats gonna keep our slow and one dimensional offense off the field.. but joe said otherwise, he threw a beautiful td pass early to derrick mason, gave us a opportunity to unleash our defense, and we took advantage while joe made all the right moves to manage the game, and as a rookie he brought us back at the very end to let stover do his thing and win it for us, and instead of making safe throws and being cautious, knowing we were tied, he made a ballsy seam throw, threaded the needle through double coverage, and slung that ball on a line to todd heap, it was clutch, and it was a sign of things to come.

i dont want to count the afccg because nobody seems to remember we got very lucky that brady launched the ball deep into double coverage allowing the jimmy to get a pick, because joe had almost put the nail in our own coffin right before that, by throwing a idiotic pass directly to brandon spikes. it was a time to be clutch, and he tried to throw a seam to a guy who already covered perfectly, and did so without seeing the zone coverage underneath, and if it wasnt for the jimmys amazing pick, we would not have even had a reason to yell and shout about cundiff and evans, because we wouldnt have had a chance for a comeback drive. crucial mistakes in crucial moments are a big deal to me, and that pick he threw still floats around in my mind, thats not to say he didnt play a great game, but those kind of mistakes are deal brealers


Joe made that crucial pick yes, but Brady had already made a share of his own. Everyone makes mistakes, it doesn't delude what he did on that final drive. To me, that was in the top five most clutch passes I've ever seen.
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I agree with most of these replies.  I was also thinking about in 2011 week 3 Vs.  The Rams Flacco threw for 389 yards and 3 touchdowns.  This was when Joe and Torrey finally made a connection.  One of the best games that year.

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Also in 2011 when he and Torrey Smith lit up the Rams. That was probably one of his best statistical performances in his career.


I also loved when he went to Atlanta in 2010 (I think) and played his butt off just to lose in heartbreaking fashion. :/

oops sorry didn't see your post.  I loved this game as i mentioned above.

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Week 16 against the Giants Flacco balled out as well, but the list you have is very good.

 

When I think of this game, I think of that sick throw to Pitta when he was scrambling around Ben style for like 10 seconds, and fit in between three defenders. I agree this game was one of his best, to me I'd put it right outside my top 5, but there's definitely an arguement for it, he played sick in that game.

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Unfortunately Joe doesn't have many "complete games" of greatness because we always shut the passing game down if it succeeds or just let it flounder if it doesn't start well. The rare exception being the AZ game where the players convinced Cam to make an offensive adjustment, and the occasional though rare game winning drive opportunity.

 

Wasn't that the game where Boldin kept asking Cam to do something over the middle, and after a frusterating minute of confusing conversation Cam has a revelation and was like,"Oh, you mean like a slant?" lol.

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Any game that installed the SUGGS PACKAGE!


But seriously, how did you not include Flacco's very first game?  I mean, when I saw him run for that touchdown, I thought the Ravens finally have their man.  In fact, that entire rookie year he seemed to move around in the pocket and take off when it was given to him.   But for a first game, in front of that Baltimore crowd... a 39 yard running touchdown and no turnovers... it got me excited for the future.

Every season after that, he seemed "NFL-ified" where coaches and media got in his ear saying you can't run, you must be a statue!  But he looked really loose and I actually enjoyed his rookie season more than the three years following that.

And of course, you have to agree that every single playoff game on this Super Bowl run is probably in his top 5 game!

 

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1. Super Bowl-Why this isn't #1 on more people's list is far beyond me. Joe was called lucky, mediocre, average, all week. All of the "experts" slammed him over useless stats..yet failed to mention the important ones-wins and losses. He had beaten that same San Fran team before as well. Then he leads us to a 21-6 halftime lead in what should have been one of if not the largest blowout in SB history. In the 2nd half, Mckinney completely blew his assignment and let him get sacked on 3rd down...he had Boldin (i believe) deep too..would have been a huge play. Instead We punt, they get a big return and score. Then Joe throws short to Rice who loses a fumble on the next pos. They score again and it was suddenly close..But then on a CRUCIAL 3rd and 1 Joe audibles from a run and throws to Boldin for the 1st...biggest play of that game and gutsiest play that he's ever made.

2. 2012 AFCC-Joe threw 3 td's in the 2nd half..out shining a HOF Quarterback on the road for the 2nd time in a row.

3. Divisional @ Den- We all know what happened there. Joe delivered what will go down as one of the biggest plays and overall performances in Baltimore sports history.

4. Week 1 vs. Cincy- Joe played an almost flawless game against what was touted to be one of the toughest defenses in the league.

5. Tie- 2010 & 2011 comebacks vs. Pit. To beat the Steelers TWICE in a row in Pit on last minute TD drives is astonishing. I dont think any other active QB's have ever done that.

Honorable mentions- 2009@ Min, 2008 @ Ten, 2011 AFCC
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He had a great first half in the Superbowl, but managing 3 second half points after putting up 21 first half just doesn't do it for me. I know part of it is playcalling, but there just wasn't much going in the second half.

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I don't know about top 5, but the one that sticks out to me and says, "Joe" has to be Arizona last year.  In the middle of one of his worst seasons as a pro, when everyone is calling for his head, we fall down at home in the first half and everyone is calling for Joe to be benched.  What's he do - lead the largest comeback in franchise history.  And most importantly, nobody wanted to give him credit because the box score says Ray Rice ran 3 attempts for 5 yards and 3 TDs.  To me, that's the story of Joe's whole career - nobody who reads a box score, at least the majority of his first 5 years, will realize just how good he is week in and week out.  Joe's an old-school quarterback that makes winning plays, but unfortunately he plays in an era where Madden ratings are valued over what you actually do for your team.

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Any game that installed the SUGGS PACKAGE!


But seriously, how did you not include Flacco's very first game? I mean, when I saw him run for that touchdown, I thought the Ravens finally have their man. In fact, that entire rookie year he seemed to move around in the pocket and take off when it was given to him. But for a first game, in front of that Baltimore crowd... a 39 yard running touchdown and no turnovers... it got me excited for the future.

Every season after that, he seemed "NFL-ified" where coaches and media got in his ear saying you can't run, you must be a statue! But he looked really loose and I actually enjoyed his rookie season more than the three years following that.

And of course, you have to agree that every single playoff game on this Super Bowl run is probably in his top 5 game!


You? First game? Hahahahahahaha!!!!
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Any game that installed the SUGGS PACKAGE!


But seriously, how did you not include Flacco's very first game?  I mean, when I saw him run for that touchdown, I thought the Ravens finally have their man.  In fact, that entire rookie year he seemed to move around in the pocket and take off when it was given to him.   But for a first game, in front of that Baltimore crowd... a 39 yard running touchdown and no turnovers... it got me excited for the future.

Every season after that, he seemed "NFL-ified" where coaches and media got in his ear saying you can't run, you must be a statue!  But he looked really loose and I actually enjoyed his rookie season more than the three years following that.

And of course, you have to agree that every single playoff game on this Super Bowl run is probably in his top 5 game!


Heck, every game after Caldwell took over except the first time vs Denver, was probably a top five game.

And I agree, I think his athleticism is very underrated, and to an extent, under-utilized. Dude is strong as a horse and deceptively fast. But at the same time, I dont want him taking any more hits than necessary, so maybe it's for the best that the coaches don't try to use his feet more
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He had a great first half in the Superbowl, but managing 3 second half points after putting up 21 first half just doesn't do it for me. I know part of it is playcalling, but there just wasn't much going in the second half.


He threw 3 TDs and 0 INT. There is absolutely nothing to complain about
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He had a great first half in the Superbowl, but managing 3 second half points after putting up 21 first half just doesn't do it for me. I know part of it is playcalling, but there just wasn't much going in the second half.

 

I know Jacoby scored the first TD without Flacco on the field, but why doesn't he get credit for only 3 of the other 6 points?  Maybe he didn't score as much as the first half, but there's a reason teams don't score 42 points every game.  It's hard.  I think we need to have reasonable expectations here.  The Ravens barely had the ball during the second half, thanks to Jacoby and the special teams along with Rice's fumble.  He led two scoring drives when we needed them the most.  It was a pretty impressive game by any rational person's standpoint.

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Any game that installed the SUGGS PACKAGE!


But seriously, how did you not include Flacco's very first game?  I mean, when I saw him run for that touchdown, I thought the Ravens finally have their man.  In fact, that entire rookie year he seemed to move around in the pocket and take off when it was given to him.   But for a first game, in front of that Baltimore crowd... a 39 yard running touchdown and no turnovers... it got me excited for the future.

Every season after that, he seemed "NFL-ified" where coaches and media got in his ear saying you can't run, you must be a statue!  But he looked really loose and I actually enjoyed his rookie season more than the three years following that.

And of course, you have to agree that every single playoff game on this Super Bowl run is probably in his top 5 game!

 

 

Thankyou Cam Cameron...lol

 

 

1. Super Bowl-Why this isn't #1 on more people's list is far beyond me. Joe was called lucky, mediocre, average, all week. All of the "experts" slammed him over useless stats..yet failed to mention the important ones-wins and losses. He had beaten that same San Fran team before as well. Then he leads us to a 21-6 halftime lead in what should have been one of if not the largest blowout in SB history. In the 2nd half, Mckinney completely blew his assignment and let him get sacked on 3rd down...he had Boldin (i believe) deep too..would have been a huge play. Instead We punt, they get a big return and score. Then Joe throws short to Rice who loses a fumble on the next pos. They score again and it was suddenly close..But then on a CRUCIAL 3rd and 1 Joe audibles from a run and throws to Boldin for the 1st...biggest play of that game and gutsiest play that he's ever made.

2. 2012 AFCC-Joe threw 3 td's in the 2nd half..out shining a HOF Quarterback on the road for the 2nd time in a row.

3. Divisional @ Den- We all know what happened there. Joe delivered what will go down as one of the biggest plays and overall performances in Baltimore sports history.

4. Week 1 vs. Cincy- Joe played an almost flawless game against what was touted to be one of the toughest defenses in the league.

5. Tie- 2010 & 2011 comebacks vs. Pit. To beat the Steelers TWICE in a row in Pit on last minute TD drives is astonishing. I dont think any other active QB's have ever done that.

Honorable mentions- 2009@ Min, 2008 @ Ten, 2011 AFCC

Idk, last year's AFC Championship was good, but I was calling for us to blow them out so it doesn't stick out in my memory that much.

 

He had a great first half in the Superbowl, but managing 3 second half points after putting up 21 first half just doesn't do it for me. I know part of it is playcalling, but there just wasn't much going in the second half.

Right, it wasn't the fact that Jones returned a kick, taking away a possession, and either Oher or McKinnie missing crucial blocks giving Flacco no time to make anything, or Rice fumbling, or the fact that we had already scored 34 points and not many teams just lite up 40+ in the Superbowl against a good defense, a 30+ minute black out........come on man

 

I don't know about top 5, but the one that sticks out to me and says, "Joe" has to be Arizona last year.  In the middle of one of his worst seasons as a pro, when everyone is calling for his head, we fall down at home in the first half and everyone is calling for Joe to be benched.  What's he do - lead the largest comeback in franchise history.  And most importantly, nobody once to give him credit because the box score says Ray Rice ran 3 attempts for 5 yards and 3 TDs.  To me, that's the story of Joe's whole career - nobody who reads a box score, at least the majority of his first 5 years, will realize just how good he is week in and week out.  Joe's an old-school quarterback that makes winning plays, but unfortunately he plays in an era where Madden ratings are valued over what you actually do for your team.

Agreed, definitely a game that defines him.

 

He threw 3 TDs and 0 INT. There is absolutely nothing to complain about

He didn't throw for 300 yards  :P

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Vikings, Cardinals, Giants, Patriots(12) and Steelers(11) away. Pass to Pitta against the Giants was a thing of beauty. The second half of the Carindals game was just crazy. The last drive in Pitt was a coming of age for him. I had a feeling before the drive he was going to lead the team to victory. He really doesn't get credit as a crunch time player. Also, the td dance that never was against the Giants is one of the GREATEST ever!
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Awesome thread, and great choices.

I loved the game against AZ where he led us to the largest comeback in franchise history as well.

I always knew he "had it", before he ever stepped on the field, but the game that confirmed it for me was his rookie season against Cleveland when he brought us back from a double digit deficit. When we were down 13, I thought to myself that no Ravens team we ever had could comeback from this, and Flacco would prove he is the real deal if he could do so...and he did.

That Cardinals win has to be in the top five. I know we don't care about the Cardinals, but that was an incredible comeback!

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The problem is that some of Flacco's best games were where other players dropped passes or the defense let him down.

The Vikings game, The Falcons game etc.  My favorite was the AFCCG vs the Pats in 2011.  I couldn't wait to see Jame Dukes squirm his way out of giving Flacco credit.

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Numbers 5 thru 2 are the four 2013 playoff games where he matched an NFL record 11 tds with 0 ints. Number 1 is the Steeler game in 2011 where he put together "the drive" = 92 yards, under 2 minutes, no run plays called, no yards gained from penalties........for the WIN. Yeah baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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