Every year when the Super Bowl rolls around, the question that will inevitably be asked is how will a win/loss affect the legacy of each team's QB? Well, for Colin Kaepernick and Joe Flacco, the answers are very different.
So, how will their legacies be affected by the outcome of this game?
Let's start with Joe Flacco. Assume for a second that all goes according to plan for the Ravens and they pull off the win in New Orleans. Flacco, who's long said that he believes himself to be amongst the NFL elite, would finally be vindicated.
Assuming Flacco plays well in a Baltimore win, he'll silence all the doubters by getting that first ring under his belt. This will affect his legacy in two ways. First, no matter what he does over the course of the rest of his career, he'll have a Super Bowl ring, which is more than the vast majority of NFL QB's have to their name.
Which QB has more on the line in this game?
And second, Flacco will be remembered for having one of the great overall playoff performances in NFL history. Flacco's put the team on his back by throwing for over 850 yards, 8 TD's and zero interceptions so far in the playoffs (Per ESPN). He's really played lights-out.
However, if Flacco loses, he runs the risk of never getting back to the Super Bowl, which would cause his legacy to take a serious hit. If Flacco loses, especially if he gives a poor performance, he'll be remembered as a guy who just couldn't win the big game.
Between Kaepernick and Flacco, Flacco without a doubt has way more on the line in this Super Bowl. Kaepernick's playing with house money, he wasn't even the starter at the beginning of the season.
Speaking of Kaepernick, if he gets it done and San Francisco wins, he'll be on the fast track to the elite of the NFL and could go down as an all-time great with another Super Bowl win or two.
If Kaepernick wins, people will still be talking about what he's done this season years from now. A second-year player that came off the bench and won the Super Bowl for his team? Sounds pretty legendary to me.
And if he loses this game, so what? The 49ers are set to be top contenders for many years to come, and it's highly likely that he'll get another crack at the Super Bowl in the future. Kaepernick is only in his second year in the NFL, and if he can win the championship, it would truly be an amazing feat.