Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco (5) walks off the field after the AFC championship game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The Ravens won 28-13. Mandatory Credit: David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

Super Bowl XLVII: Joe Flacco is Three Touchdowns Shy of NFL History

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has really blossomed this postseason and has silenced the maniacal laughter of those mocking his belief that he is an elite quarterback. Truth is, there are few quarterbacks in NFL history that have put together a more impressive single postseason and Flacco is just three touchdowns away from NFL history.

Entering his Super Bowl XLVII matchup against the San Francisco 49ers, Flacco has 8 touchdowns and zero interceptions.

That stat line alone is impressive and puts Flacco in elite company — there is that “E” word again. Five quarterbacks have thrown at least eight touchdowns in a single postseason and each of those signal-callers has gone on to hoist the Lombardi Trophy, per ESPN Stats and Info.

Among those five quarterbacks are names like Joe Montana and Steve Young.

If Flacco can find the endzone four times on Super Bowl Sunday, he would stand alone as the quarterback with the most touchdown passes in one postseason.

With three touchdown passes, Flacco will join Montana and Kurt Warner for most touchdown passes in a postseason with 11. If Flacco records those touchdowns without throwing an interception, he will join Montana as the only quarterbacks to throw eleven touchdowns with zero interceptions. Montana accomplished the feat in 1989.

Some may still doubt Flacco, despite his incredible postseason run, but if he can put together another solid performance in the biggest game of his career, he will have recorded a historically great postseason and it would be hard to laugh at him now.

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  • mirrorballdc

    Impressive, but if I’m not mistaken, all five other QBs needed one less game to throw the 8 or more TDs. That is, none of those teams had to play a wildcard game. That can go either way, it’s impressive that Flacco and the Ravens have won three playoff games, but it dilutes the per game avg stats at bit compared to the other QBs who have done the 8+TD/0 INT feat.