One week after out-dueling Peyton Manning in Denver, Joe Flacco got the better of Tom Brady in New England, completing 21-of-36 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns as the Ravens downed New England 28-13 in the AFC Championship Game.
The sixth road win of Flacco's playoff career was the biggest, sending the Ravens to Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans. The title game appearance will be Baltimore's first since 2000-01. Although the Ravens' game-plan wasn't quite as aggressive as it was in their Divisional Round win in Denver, Flacco still relentlessly challenged downfield, getting the better of a secondary that lost CB Aqib Talib in the first quarter. Now 8-4 all time in the postseason, Flacco will stare down San Francisco in the final game of his rookie contract. He's in for a massive windfall this offseason.