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Rookie QBs had to start somewhere and Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan proved it
Rookie QBs had to start somewhere and Joe Flacco, Matt Ryan proved it

They are quarterbacks, but they also formed an offensive "line." The line is one of demarcation — the NFL acted one way before Baltimore's Joe Flacco and Atlanta's Matt Ryan were rookies, and another way after. Flacco and Ryan, who will be on opposing sides Sunday when the Ravens play host to the Falcons, were first-round picks in 2008 and the first two rookie quarterbacks to start all 16 regular-season games and lead their teams to the playoffs. Before they entered the league, the standard procedure was to allow rookie quarterbacks to sit and watch for at least most of a season, and sometimes much longer, learning behind a veteran. That was the case with...

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