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Monday, January 7, 2013
Flacco shows elite side with deep ball

By ESPN Stats & Information

Patrick Smith/Getty ImagesAnquan Boldin was the beneficiary of Joe Flacco's downfield passing, with 145 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Ravens Wild Card win.
Your Total QBR guide to some of the notable quarterback performances of Wild Card weekend:

Joe Flacco’s elite play (89.5 Total QBR)
Flacco’s 89.5 Total QBR set a career high in the playoffs. His previous high was a 66.4 against Kansas City in 2010. He completed five of eight attempts of 15 or more yards downfield for 157 yards, a touchdown and a 99.9 Total QBR.

The Ravens have won all six games this season in which Flacco has completed at least five such passes in a game.

Aaron Rodgers excels with no pressure (71.7 Total QBR)
Rodgers completed 75 percent of his attempts (21 of 28) when the Vikings sent four or fewer pass rushers, good for an 81.9 Total QBR on such plays. When they sent five or more he completed 40 percent (2 of 5) of his attempts and took three sacks for a 10.7 QBR.

And Rodgers’ 32-yard completion to Greg Jennings on fourth-and-5 to set up a first-and-goal from the 2 increased his Total QBR from 61.1 to 74.7. It also increased the Packers’ win probability by 11.1 percentage points to 84.4 percent.

The rookie trio struggles
Russell Wilson’s 36.7 Total QBR was his lowest since a 26.0 QBR in the Seahawks’ Week 7 loss in San Francisco. Wilson faced five or more pass rushers on 17 of his 33 dropbacks and had a 9.7 Total QBR on those plays. His 17 dropbacks against five or more rushers are the most he’s had since he had 23 such dropbacks in Week 1 against Arizona.

Robert Griffin III (33.9 Total QBR) was off target (ball overthrown or underthrown) on five of his 19 pass attempts (26.3 percent). This was a problem for Griffin since injuring his knee in Week 14.

Since returning from injury in Week 16, Griffin has been off-target on 24.6 percent of his pass attempts (including Sunday). Prior to his injury he had underthrown or overthrown the ball on only 13.4 percent of his attempts.

Andrew Luck’s 27.2 Total QBR was his third lowest of the season. He attempted 16 passes of 15 or more yards downfield, tied for his most this season, but completed only four of those attempts for 82 yards and a 23.4 Total QBR. Luck had an 80.5 QBR on such throws during the regular season.

Total QBR is a quarterback rating that takes into account all of a QB’s significant contributions (passing, rushing, sacks, fumbles, penalties) to his team’s scoring and winning and summarizes them into one number on a 0-100 scale, where 50 is average. Since 2008, the team with the higher QBR has won 86 percent of the time.