Does Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco Deserve to Be Placed in the Elite Category?

By Dan Parzych
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Since joining the league in 2008, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has faced plenty of criticism as many have debated whether or not he’s worthy of being placed in the elite category. After last weekend’s impressive overtime win over the Denver Broncos in the Divisional Round, it’s safe to say Flacco has earned enough respect to be placed in that category.

It’s one thing for a quarterback to lead his team to a playoff win on the road, but the fact that Flacco has already led the Ravens to five playoff wins on the road since 2008 is nothing short of impressive. No quarterback ever enjoys playing against the New England Patriots in Foxboro, but if there’s anyone that should be worried about Sunday’s AFC Championship game–it should be Tom Brady and company.

Look how close the Ravens were from pulling off the upset on the road in Foxboro last year and don’t be surprised if the team uses that as extra motivation when they square off against the Patriots Sunday night. Flacco has come up big for Baltimore over the first two games this postseason by throwing for 613 yards with five touchdowns and with the Patriots having the league’s 25th-ranked passing defense during the regular season–the quarterback could be in for another big game on Sunday to help the Ravens finally reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 2001.

And if Baltimore does manage to pull off the big win on the road, it’s safe to say nobody will be questioning Flacco’s status as an elite quarterback anymore.

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