Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Joe Flacco closing in on Joe Montana
By Jamison Hensley
When you think of the most impressive postseasons by a quarterback, there is Joe Montana, Steve Young and Joe Flacco. Yes, Flacco.
With eight touchdown passes and zero interceptions, Baltimore Ravens QB Flacco has a shot to tie or break Montana's record for most touchdown passes without throwing an interception in a single postseason, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Montana threw 11 touchdowns without getting picked off in 1989.
It's the type of playoff run that is changing the minds of Flacco's critics and NFL defenders.
"He is one of the elite quarterbacks," Patriots safety Steve Gregory said after the AFC Championship Game. "I know he gets a lot of flack for possibly not being that type of guy. But he is."
There is a trend that suggests Flacco will be getting more than compliments. Every quarterback who has finished a postseason throwing at least eight touchdowns without a pick has not only won the Super Bowl, but also the Super Bowl MVP.
At this point, just getting to the Super Bowl is a surreal moment for Flacco.
"I think it is just one of those things you dream of when you are a little kid," he said. "You watch [Joe] Montana and those guys light them up in the Super Bowl. So, to be here at this point is pretty special."
Now, Flacco has a chance to surpass one of Montana's records. That's pretty surreal as well.