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Thank you, Joe Flacco.

Your MVP performance in the Ravens’ 34-31 win over the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII produced an unexpected by-product.

It showed the Falcons what path they need to follow in order to win Super Bowl XLVIII. The formula’s really quite simple.

Some time between now and the start of the 2013 season, Matt Ryan must declare himself one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

Apparently that’s all it takes.

Two years ago, in an honest response to an interviewer’s query, Eli Manning proclaimed himself one of the league’s elite quarterbacks. Such an uproar ensued, you’d have thought he had disclosed an imaginary girlfriend. How dare Eli compare himself to Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and, heaven forbid, big brother Peyton!

When the laughter, derision, scoffing, and jokes subsided, Eli proceeded to lead his Giants to a Super Bowl win. For the second time. Which, when last we checked, was once more than Rodgers, Brees, and big brother Peyton.

Last April, Joe Flacco took Eli’s declaration one step further. He didn’t just call himself an elite quarterback. Flacco declared himself to be the best quarterback in the NFL.

Cue to laughter, derision, scoffing, and jokes.

But, just like Eli, Flacco was giving an honest answer. "I don’t think I’d be very successful at my job if I didn’t feel that way," he told Sam Borden of the New York Times.

It’s one thing to feel that way. It’s quite another to let the entire free world know how you feel. But maybe that’s the step you need to take. Maybe you need to put that chip on your shoulder, and silence all the naysayers by going out and winning the Super Bowl.

Are you getting all this, Matt Ryan?

Joe Flacco’s never gotten credit for being an outstanding quarterback. Maybe it’s because the Ravens have always won with their stout defense. This team didn’t need a playmaker under center as much as a caretaker. After all, they won a Super Bowl with the unrenowned Trent Dilfer at quarterback.

Maybe it’s because Flacco arrived in Baltimore from Delaware, where he transferred from Pittsburgh, where he hadn’t been able to beat out the immortal Tyler Palko at quarterback.

But his teammates know better.

"I’m a Joe Flacco fan," Ray Lewis told Ashley Fox of espn.com. "I’ve been a Joe Flacco fan. To do what he did today, that’s what we always see."

"He’s taken a lot of criticism over his career, for whatever reason," tight end Dennis Pitta told Fox. "But we’ve always believed in him. We’ve known the kind of player that he is. He’s showed up on the biggest stage, and performed."

No doubt about it. Flacco just went through four postseason games with 11 touchdown passes and not a single interception. Only one other quarterback can say that, and his name is Montana.

Since he entered the league in 2008, no quarterback has won more games than Flacco, including the regular season and postseason.

He’s also the only quarterback to win a postseason game in each of his first five seasons, and only Brady can equal his nine postseason wins over his first five seasons.

And get this: Flacco now has just as many postseason wins and Super Bowl crowns as Peyton Manning.

How does he do it? As he told Borden, confidence lets him keep his cool. "The moment doesn’t get too big. We are comfortable. We’ve been there before. We’ve failed before. We’ve succeeded before. We are not worried about the outcome. We just go out and play football, execute, and we believe that if we do that, and do that to our ability, then eventually it is going to work out."

That’s confidence talking. "He fears nothing," offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell told Fox. "That’s the thing about him. He’s as tough as he can be. He’s fearless in terms of taking chances. And he’s going to squeeze that ball, but he’s very, very smart."

That was most evident on the Ravens’ last scoring drive. On third and inches near midfield, Flacco audibled, and threw down the sideline to a tightly covered Anquan Boldin for 15 yards. The drive ended with a field goal — the Ravens’ winning margin.

"Joe was phenomenal," head coach John Harbaugh told Borden. "He’s got the guts of a burglar. He was doing it all night, making plays."

All the result of confidence gleaned from proclaiming yourself the best.

Still listening, Matt Ryan?

your thoughts ?

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Silly stuff with people acting as if Flacco and Ryan's talents and abilities are somehow the only factor in whether or not their teams win in the post season. Defense and special teams I suppose is an afterthought.......never mind that if Ravens STs had not run back a kickoff for aTD they would have lost the game, just credit Flacco for that. Credit Flacco for the Baltimore defense too. ****, it was Flacco who held the Patriots to 13 points in the AFCCG!!

Silly, silly, silly, silly fans and loud mouth pundits spewing half baked proclamations acting as if this argument has merit strictly based on post season wins.

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Silly stuff with people acting as if Flacco and Ryan's talents and abilities are somehow the only factor in whether or not their teams win in the post season. Defense and special teams I suppose is an afterthought.......never mind that if Ravens STs had not run back a kickoff for aTD they would have lost the game, just credit Flacco for that. Credit Flacco for the Baltimore defense too. ****, it was Flacco who held the Patriots to 13 points in the AFCCG!!

Silly, silly, silly, silly fans and loud mouth pundits spewing half baked proclamations acting as if this argument has merit strictly based on post season wins.

Salary cap breh.

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It's Ryan time next year . Doesn't bother me one bit Flacco ranked above Ryan. He deserves it he played a perfect post season and helped his team win a Super Bowl. Would not be surprised he starts putting up solid regular season numbers like Ryan.

Why, it's a lock that Ryan will have a better regular season and if Flacco makes the playoffs, it's a lock he will have a better playoffs than Ryan.

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He won because he had a **** good defense, he won because he had a **** good defensive line that couldn't be pushed around against the run, he won because he had a head coach that saw a problem on the OL and had the balls to change it for the post season.

He moved his1st round pro bowl level LT to RT, and inserted a Perennial pro bowl LT, while his 2nd round pro bowl level RT was moved to LG, while leaving his Perennial Pro bowl RG, and center in place. Yea it was all Flacco. If Flacco had to play behind the OL that Ryan plays behind everyday he would already be out of the league, and you put Ryan behind the Ravens OL the ravens would have won the last 5 SB. Anyone that believes otherwise is a F*cking idiot.

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Silly stuff with people acting as if Flacco and Ryan's talents and abilities are somehow the only factor in whether or not their teams win in the post season. Defense and special teams I suppose is an afterthought.......never mind that if Ravens STs had not run back a kickoff for aTD they would have lost the game, just credit Flacco for that. Credit Flacco for the Baltimore defense too. ****, it was Flacco who held the Patriots to 13 points in the AFCCG!!

Silly, silly, silly, silly fans and loud mouth pundits spewing half baked proclamations acting as if this argument has merit strictly based on post season wins.

Yea, because obviously without that return the rest of the game would have played out exactly as it did anyway.

Thats two years in a row Flacco has outplayed Tom Brady in a playoff game also. Credit Flacco for that.You also forget that when the Ravens beat N E in September, NE scored 30 points and the Ravens still won thanks to Flacco outplaying Brady in that game also

Matt Ryan went scoreless in the second half against San Fran. Credit him for that.

silly silly silly silly silly silly fan.

You guys picked the wrong guy. Credit y'all for that.

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He won because he had a **** good defense, he won because he had a **** good defensive line that couldn't be pushed around against the run, he won because he had a head coach that saw a problem on the OL and had the balls to change it for the post season.

He moved his1st round pro bowl level LT to RT, and inserted a Perennial pro bowl LT, while his 2nd round pro bowl level RT was moved to LG, while leaving his Perennial Pro bowl RG, and center in place. Yea it was all Flacco. If Flacco had to play behind the OL that Ryan plays behind everyday he would already be out of the league, and you put Ryan behind the Ravens OL the ravens would have won the last 5 SB. Anyone that believes otherwise is a F*cking idiot.

In the past 5 years Joe Flacco has been sacked 174 times and Matt Ryan has been sacked 113.despite the fact Matt has around 200 more pass attempts.

Yea, you should know idiots I guess

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In the past 5 years Joe Flacco has been sacked 174 times and Matt Ryan has been sacked 113.despite the fact Matt has around 200 more pass attempts.

That's because matt Ryan makes his decsions quickly and gets the ball out fast. Ryan gets sacked less not because of his line, but because of his decision making and qucik release. The national commentators were ackoweledging this durint the playoffs saying Ryan has the ball out of his hands so fast it prevents tons of sacks.

If you put Flacco behind the Falcons OL this year he would have been on IR before the bye week.

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That's because matt Ryan makes his decsions quickly and gets the ball out fast. Ryan gets sacked less not because of his line, but because of his decision making and qucik release. The national commentators were ackoweledging this durint the playoffs saying Ryan has the ball out of his hands so fast it prevents tons of sacks.

If you put Flacco behind the Falcons OL this year he would have been on IR before the bye week.

This is absolutely amazing. You know exactly what will happen in games had certain plays not happened and you know exactly what QB's belong behind which lines.

And yet some NFL teanm hasn't snatched you up and paid you the big bucks yet!!

Everybody knows MAtt is one of the least athletic Qb's in the league, and no one is bragging about his quick release. You guys will always move the goalposts to try to prove a point.

As a bonus, tell us what the falcons would have done had matt had put more points on the board than turnovers in the second half, genius.

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Flacco didn't play Brady, he played Brady's defense.

Brady didn't play Flacco, he played Flaccos defense.

Your anaylsis is half baked.

And Bradys D was ranked 9th in points allowed and Flacco's was rated 12th.

So Flacco played better against a better D than Brady did against a lesser one.

Kinda like he led the Ravens to score more on the 9ers than Matt did.

Move the goal posts again.

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And Bradys D was ranked 9th in points allowed and Flacco's was rated 12th.

So Flacco played better against a better D than Brady did against a lesser one.

Kinda like he led the Ravens to score more on the 9ers than Matt did.

Move the goal posts again.

why are here ???? that is the falcons boards not Ravens board.

bye

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And Bradys D was ranked 9th in points allowed and Flacco's was rated 12th.

So Flacco played better against a better D than Brady did against a lesser one.

Kinda like he led the Ravens to score more on the 9ers than Matt did.

Move the goal posts again.

Jacoby Jones...??

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That's because matt Ryan makes his decsions quickly and gets the ball out fast. Ryan gets sacked less not because of his line, but because of his decision making and qucik release. The national commentators were ackoweledging this durint the playoffs saying Ryan has the ball out of his hands so fast it prevents tons of sacks.

If you put Flacco behind the Falcons OL this year he would have been on IR before the bye week.

If swift is the QB critic, you must be the QB homer. You go the 10th mile to ride these QB's and half of the time it doesn't make sense. It didn't with Vick or Ryan.

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