Flacco Wins Respect and Big Contract

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Joe Flacco was able to accomplish something that Hall of Famers John Elway and Dan Marino could not — beat the 49ers in a Super Bowl. He took this game away from Kaepernick and the 49ers, dissecting San Francisco with a 22-of-33 passing performance for 283 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-31 victory.

Flacco played with a perfection this postseason that the NFL had come to expect from the likes of Montana and Young. He threw 126 passes without an interception in consecutive victories over Indianapolis, Denver, Baltimore and San Francisco.

Flacco became the first quarterback in NFL postseason history to pass for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns without an interception. His 11 TD passes tied another postseason record shared by Montana and Kurt Warner. Flacco also...

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