Lost amidst all the excitement over Joe Flacco's accomplishments in the Denver and N.E. victories is the success of the defense. They came up huge in the N.E. victory, and played well enough to give Joe a fighting chance in Denver. So credit must be given to Dean Pees for overcoming injuries to key players and dialing up good enough schemes to do what was needed to win. He'll face a definite challenge against the Niners, but there's no reason now to believe he's not up to that challenge. I was wrong in my assessment of Pees towards the middle of the season. I did not think he had what it takes, but he does.