Now, Flacco has his everlasting place in history among some of the great signal-callers in the sport and this epic performance will put him in the conversation as one of the best in the NFL today.
In the first half, Flacco lit up the 49ers defense for 192 yards and three touchdowns, completing 13 of 20 passes. The biggest game-changing play from the arm of Flacco came when he connected with Jacoby Jones for a 56-yard touchdown pass late in the second quarter.
Flacco was able to extend his team's drives in the first half with spectacular third-down numbers. He completed four of five passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns, helping to keep Baltimore's offense on the field and in position to score.
The University of Delaware product was instrumental in staking his team to a 21-6 first-half lead.
Things didn't come as easy for Flacco in the second half, as the 49ers came back to within five points, 28-23, after a David Akers field goal with 3:10 left in the third.
But Flacco would quickly respond to stop the bleeding after that 49er scoring drive by leading the Ravens on a scoring drive of their own that ended with a Justin Tucker field goal, thus extending their lead to 31-23.
With their lead dwindling down to 31-29, Flacco, along with Ray Rice, came up big once again for his team by leading them down the field for another three points to extend the lead to 34-29 with just over four minutes remaining.
Ultimately, the Ravens would hold off the 49ers to claim victory, 34-31.
Flacco might not have come out as explosive in the second half of this game, but it was his first-half performance that was truly the difference and was more than enough to give him the Super Bowl MVP award.
Flacco ended up completing 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns. Most importantly, he didn't turn the ball over once during these playoffs. Flacco's 11 touchdown passes tied a playoff record.
The Baltimore Ravens' official Twitter page shed some light on how historic Flacco's first-half performance was:
Joe Flacco is now the sixth player in NFL history to throw 3 TDs in the first half of a Super Bowl.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) February 4, 2013
ESPN's Skip Bayless believed Flacco's versatility and stellar play was worthy of a big contract:
Pro Football Talk's Twitter page agreed:
By the time this one ends, Joe Flacco may end up owning the Ravens wp.me/p14QSB-79Vo— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 4, 2013
Evil Mike Tomlin's Twitter page wasn't ready to give Flacco's performance that much credit:
Joe Flacco is the best QB in the league...at just throwing the ball in the air and praying one of his amazing WRs can catch it— Evil Mike Tomlin (@EvilMikeTomlin) February 4, 2013
New York sports radio station WFAN summed up what Flacco's great Super Bowl performance meant for his career:
The fake John Madden Twitter page gave a comedic list of the Super Bowl MVPs candidates, and while it was close, Flacco was no doubt the most deserving:
Super Bowl MVP Favorites:Power Outage, Joe Flacco, Jacoby Jones— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) February 4, 2013
Kevin Kernan of the New York Post summed up the MVP's performance perfectly:
Joe Flacco was Bleeping Awesome #MVP— Kevin Kernan (@WheresKernan) February 4, 2013
And, last but not least, Russell S. Baxter of ProFootballGuru.com put Flacco's MVP win into a historical context:
#Ravens QB Joe Flacco Game MVP: 26th time in 47 Super Bowls quarterback named MVP (4th straight year)— Russell S. Baxter (@BaxFootballGuru) February 4, 2013