AFC North Week 4 decisive moment

October, 5, 2010
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Is Joe Flacco clutch?

For the second week in a row, the Baltimore Ravens' third-year quarterback was selected for the AFC North decisive moment. On Sunday Flacco threw an 18-yard strike to Ravens receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh with 32 seconds remaining to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 17-14 in Heinz Field. It was the biggest throw of Flacco's career and helped propel the Ravens to 3-1 and first place in the AFC North.

"When the game is that close through it all and you go and win it on the last drive, there's no other better way to win a game," said Flacco.

In Week 3, Flacco led a come-from-behind victory over the Cleveland Browns by throwing his third touchdown to receiver Anquan Boldin for the go-ahead score. He continued to show growth in Week 4, and these two games could be the start of Baltimore's offense getting on the right track.

Statistically, Flacco is not off to a fast start. He's thrown for 920 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions in four games. But the Ravens have won twice this year because of Flacco's decisive work in the clutch.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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