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I'm well aware that this technically isn't a matchup, since the opposing quarterbacks won't be on the field at the same time, but it allows me to illustrate a point. So while I wait for the semantics police to show up at my door with a warrant, let's roll on.
It's rare in NFL history for a quarterback to go into a game that can be called "the biggest of his career" for as many reasons as Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens ahead of the AFC Championship rematch.
Playing in the final year of his contract, Flacco has had an up-and-down fifth NFL season, but he did throw for a career-high 3,817 yards this year and has played well in the postseason, leading all playoff quarterbacks with a passer rating of 120.
This isn't to say that Flacco needs to go into this game and outplay Tom Brady, especially statistically, as that's an awfully tall order.
However, Flacco is going to have to at least be able to trade punches with The Golden Boy, and it's critical that he not make mistakes with the football.
If Flacco can do that and somehow lead the Ravens to victory, then not only will he be looking at his first Super Bowl appearance, but also a significantly fatter payday this offseason.