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McKinnie during a preseason game against the Detroit Lions
Before the postseason, the Ravens made a number of changes to the offensive line that proved to be profoundly beneficial.
Most notably, the Ravens moved their normal left tackle, Michael Oher, over to right tackle and placed McKinnie in the vacant left tackle spot.
As a result, the Ravens’ offense has been a force, scoring at least 24 points in each game this postseason. The offense has been balanced on the pass and run, and the Ravens are no longer a team based solely on defense. The biggest beneficiary of McKinnie’s entrance has been Flacco.
Flacco, who has normally been strong-armed but quite inconsistent, has had one of the best postseasons in NFL history.
He has thrown for 1,140 yards, 11 touchdowns and no interceptions. He capped it off by earning Super Bowl MVP with 287 yards, three touchdowns and an astonishing 95.1 QBR.
A large portion of this success is due to McKinnie now guarding Flacco’s blind side.
During the Super Bowl, McKinnie held two of the 49ers’ biggest defensive stars, Justin Smith and Aldon Smith, to merely a combined five tackles, as well as no sacks and only one hit on Flacco.
McKinnie had a great game, and was one of the primary reasons why the Ravens were able to march down the field with such ease.