How exactly do people get off saying that pass was lucky, blown coverage, and a terrible throw/decision on Flacco's part?
First off, that play isn't anywhere near as lucky as the tuck rule saving the Pats in 2001. It's a football play. Either Joe was going to throw the ball far enough and it was going to be caught, or it wasn't.
Second, I don't see how it was blown coverage, I don't think anyone of the defense was expecting a bomb on that play. The play I doubt was designed for Rahim to be thinking to look deep as Joe threw it.
Third, and the most frustrating part of it all, is how people bash Joe by saying the throw was bad and should have cost us the game. I believe quite the opposite. First off, the bomb was a brilliant call because they weren't expecting it. Second, it was a good decision because we had no timeouts, we had already used up too much time to dream of driving down the field to score any other way if you think about it, and Jones did get behind the corner and Rahim, though I don't blame him, wasn't quite in position to defend. Here's what gets me: If our offensive line (which played well throughout most of the playoffs I know) had given Joe more than 1 second to stand in the pocket - AGAINST A 3 MAN RUSH? - and Joe hadn't had to run around and then throw the ball while he had all this going on: he had just been running forward to avoid a sack, he had a defender in front of him who was going to either try and hit him or batt the pass down, and so he had to run forward, quickly stop, basically through it off his back foot because he didn't have time to set his feet completely and there was a defender there in front of him. So he had to throw it quickly with little space, so throwing it farther back and behind him was smart because it would have time and space to clear over the top of the defender in front of him. So, keep in mind all of the complicated nonsense going on, he's doing that after been playing and throwing it deep all game, in the coldest game most anyone there had ever played in the the atmospheric conditions of Denver, he had to throw the ball 55 yards in the air despite all these conditions -the cold, the air, fatigue, and no space-time-pocket to throw it, in fact he had to throw it in probably the mot awkward way possible and quickly as possible. So many thing s could have gone wrong, in fact, basically everything did go wrong except one thing: Joe. He managed to throw that ball through all that crap, so here's my final thoughts: If our o line hadn't laid a turd on that play, how much easier and less close would that throw have been? And then, tell me, what other quarterback could make that play? And then do almost the same thing to the same player two weeks later in the Superbowl?
Forget Chuck Norris man, Flacco's a stud.