Flacco completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns to be selected the Most Valuable Player of the 34-31 win against the
Flacco ended this postseason run as the only quarterback to ever pass for 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns in the postseason without an interception. He also ended Sunday's game sharing an
"I don't think it's going to settle in for a while," Flacco said. "We don't make anything easy. It was a hard-fought game on both sides. I think we gave the country a pretty good game to watch. Not to our liking, necessarily, but that's the way it goes sometimes and that's the way we do things."
Flacco was consistent in his production in these playoffs, leading the Ravens to victories against the
The offense was in such turmoil that Ravens coach
The coordinator switch, along with better protection from the Ravens' offensive line, seemed to be just enough for Flacco to emerge in the postseason a stronger, more confident passer.
In the no-huddle to start the Super Bowl
In the first half, Flacco showed his arm strength, running in one direction and throwing across his body for a completion. He scrambled out of the grasp of 49ers defenders to avoid sacks.
"It's well-deserved," Ravens tight end
The Ravens have had their share of close calls in the playoffs the past few seasons and ended up short of the Super Bowl each time, but Flacco said those moments helped the Ravens on Sunday.
"It really makes and forms a team — a Super Bowl champion team," Flacco said. "We've been put through those situations, so when they come up, we don't know if we are going to be successful in them, but the bottom line is, the moment doesn't get too big. We are comfortable. We've been there before. We've failed before. We succeeded before. We are not worried about the outcome.
"We just go out there 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."
Flacco just finished the final year of his rookie contract, and a future deal is something all sides have said publicly they expect to be resolved. On the biggest of stages Sunday night, Flacco once again showed his value. Now the Ravens will have to determine his worth.