Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco insists he's not dwelling on one of the roughest sequences he's experienced since entering the NFL five years ago.
Staring down wide receiver Anquan Boldin, Flacco delivered an errant throw that was intercepted by Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris and returned 98 yards for a touchdown in the teams' first meeting this season. Flacco gave chase in vain, unable to catch up with Harris and eventually diving toward him and laying face down for a while in obvious frustration and disappointment.
The Ravens were trailing 10-0 at the end of the first half and threatening to score. Instead of closing the gap to 10-7, the Ravens headed into the locker room down 17-0 and ultimately lost, 34-17, at M&T Bank Stadium on Dec. 16.
As the Ravens prepare for Saturday's AFC divisional-round rematch against the top-seeded Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Flacco says he's focused on this game and not his miscues from the first meeting, which included a lost fumble, that led to 10 Denver points.
"It stuck with me a couple minutes, and then I moved on and went out there and played some more snaps," said Flacco, who was sacked three times and completed 50 percent of his throws that game for 254 yards and two touchdowns. "And then when we lost, it stuck with me for a couple minutes again, and then we started getting ready for the next game and we went out and won it. Stuff like that happens sometimes.
"Believe me, I’m the last guy that wants it to happen. But you’ve got to go out there and keep your head up and play the game, and I think I did a great job of rebounding from that. That's why we are where we are right now. That's not in my mind at all going up to Denver this week. We feel confident, and I think we should."
In the past three games since losing to Denver, Flacco doesn't have a turnover.
He has gone 92 consecutive throws without an interception, including the second half against the Broncos.
The Ravens have embraced an underdog mentality for this game.
"It doesn't surprise me that nobody would really give us too much of a shot," Flacco said. "They beat us up pretty good a couple of weeks ago. I think you always have that little chip that you want to go out there and prove to people that you're a good football team. Once the whistles blow on Saturday, we're just going to be focused on our job and all that stuff will kind of be in the background."