Joe Flacco: Ravens Quarterback Deserves Huge Contract After AFC Championship Win

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 20, 2013

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 20:  Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin #81 in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots during the 2013 AFC Championship game at Gillette Stadium on January 20, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Joe Flacco's agent should be a very happy man.

With his back against the wall in Foxboro, Flacco threw three second-half touchdowns to lead the Baltimore Ravens to a 28-13 victory over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game.

Now, he's about to get straight paid.

Flacco is the top quarterback in the 2013 free-agent class, and he secured a massive contract with his performance on Sunday. Flacco was phenomenal against the Patriots, completing 21 of 36 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns.

With the victory, Flacco now has more road playoff wins (six) than any other quarterback in NFL history. That's remarkable when you consider that he's only been in the league for five seasons.

Flacco also helped the Ravens make some team history on Sunday. With their comeback win over New England, Baltimore became the first team to beat Tom Brady when he has a halftime lead at home. Brady had been 67-0 in such games, but Flacco and the Ravens ended his perfect streak.

Flacco was excellent throughout, adding another great game to his already impressive postseason.

In three playoff games this year, Flacco has tossed eight touchdowns and zero interceptions. He is averaging 284.3 passing yards per game, and although his completion percentage has dropped, he has been torching teams with the long ball.

Thanks to his stellar play of late, the Ravens will reward Flacco with a hefty new contract. Drew Brees was the last quarterback to sign a mega-deal, as he agreed to a five-year, $100 million contract with New Orleans before this season.

While I wouldn't expect Baltimore to shell out that much dough for Flacco, the young man has undoubtedly earned his payday.

In his last few postseason games, Flacco has played like one of the five or six best quarterbacks in the NFL. Now, it's time for him to get paid like it.