great stuff here on flacco and the play ......
there are a couple thread on here talking about the SI cover and article but didn't see the link ......
It's time to make room for Flacco in upper echelon of quarterbacks
Flacco has had more than a few good moments in the subsequent five seasons. Would you be surprised to know that at 61-30 -- four wins better than Aaron Rodgers -- he's the winningest quarterback since 2008, when he entered the NFL? That he's started all 91 games, including playoffs, from the day he was drafted? That he's the only passer in NFL history to win a postseason game in each of his first five seasons? Because Flacco's numbers are pedestrian -- he's never had a 4,000-yard season or a passer rating above 94.0 -- Football Nation thinks he's just another guy. Not that he cares. Says center Matt Birk, "When you talk about Joe's accomplishments, I can promise you he's the least impressed with them."
Forty-one seconds to go. "I wasn't happy with a few of my decisions earlier in the game," says Flacco. "A couple of times, I found myself thinking, Damn Joe! What are you doing?" Now the Ravens were set in the four-across formation: Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones as the outside speed guys; trusted veteran Anquan Boldin and tight end Dennis Pitta inside. Flacco saw Denver would be rushing three, with a linebacker to his left covering Rice and seven men deep in coverage. Three safeties sat at least 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage, fanned out for all contingencies. The free safety wide to Flacco's right, Rahim Moore, was a couple of yards shallower than the safety aligned in the middle.
Veteran center Matt Birk snapped to Flacco, and chaos ensued.