Patriots respect Flacco
The only thing missing from Joe Flacco’s resume is a Super Bowl.
Sunday, he has his third chance in five seasons to make good as the Ravens play the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Mass.
“It’s another football game. All the other stuff that surrounds it, we've been here before so we know how to put it on the back-burner,” Flacco said. “We've had some experience in just tuning that stuff out and just going and playing. So, I think that might help a little bit.”
Flacco has been almost flawless in the postseason, averaging 20.5 yards per completion and not throwing an interception. His only turnover occurred last week vs. the Denver Broncos when there was a mishandled snap from center Matt Birk.
The Ravens’ only other turnovers occurred in the wild-card playoff win vs. the Indianapolis Colts when running back Ray Rice lost two fumbles –- his only lost fumbles all season.
Taking care of the ball vs. the Patriots, the No. 2 team in the NFL in forcing turnovers with 41, is paramount. The Ravens went on a three-game losing streak from Weeks 13-15 when Flacco lost the ball six times.
But when Flacco protects it, the Ravens are almost unbeatable. They are 32-3, including playoff games, when Flacco doesn't commit a turnover. When he doesn't throw an interception, the Ravens are 41-5.
The Patriots’ Tom Brady only has 8 interceptions for the season despite attempting 40 passes per game. Five of his picks have come in their four losses. Flacco tries to downplay the matchup with Brady even through their teams' success likely rise and fall with how they value the ball.
“As much as people want to talk about the quarterback matchups,” he said. “That’s not really what comes down to winning football games.”