December Record: 11-5
Postseason Record: 5-4
For the first time in his career, Joe Flacco played a home playoff game after having to travel for the previous seven playoff games in his career. The young quarterback completed barely 50 percent of his passes, but did avoid an interception in a Baltimore Ravens win over the Houston Texans.
That being said, Flacco has been pedestrian at best when it counts.
Last season he threw six touchdowns compared to five interceptions and accumulated a 74.8 quarterback rating in the fourth quarter.This pales in comparison to the first quarter where Flacco threw eight touchdowns and one interception with a quarterback rating in the high 90's.
This has been a trend throughout his short career. Flacco has thrown just two more touchdowns (21) then interceptions (19) during his career in the fourth quarter. Magnified is the fact that 41 percent of his interceptions have been thrown in the final stanza.
It is all about starting the game off quick then fizzling out towards the end. This is something that teams definitely try to avoid when drawing up a game plan for their quarterback.
Flacco's completion percentage drops down to 55 percent in the postseason from over 60 percent during the regular year. He has thrown just eight touchdowns and just as many interceptions during the playoffs in his career.
If the Baltimore Ravens hope to win the Super Bowl with Flacco at the helm he is going to need to step his game up a great deal late in games and in the postseason.
It really is that simple.