Joe Flacco is rocking the playoff beard this post season and so far it’s brought the Ravens third year QB quite a dramatic difference in statistics compared to his previous five postseason games.
On Sunday, Flacco threw for 265 yards and two touchdowns completing 73.5% of his 34 attempts. Previously, Flacco had thrown just one touchdown and had six interceptions collectively in 2008 and 2009 playoffs.
James Walker of ESPN.com noted that Flacco’s ability to scramble could help him this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Flacco is more athletic than people give him credit for, but Baltimore rarely uses that mobility because he’s a very good pocket passer. But pass protection broke down several times against Kansas City and Flacco rushed for a season-high 26 yards on seven carries. That included a nice 13-yard scramble for a first down. Flacco joked Sunday that no one should expect him to run for extra yards like Michael Vick. But Flacco proved he is a capable scrambler when necessary.
The leap forward for Flacco is huge, now he’s got to keep it up in Pittsburgh.
Random AFCN thought: I like Joe Flacco’s playoff beard. #Ravens
Let’s see what the playoff beard looks like in three weeks.