Flacco has been an important piece of Cleveland’s late-season playoff push, successfully being able to get their crucial 11th win against the New York Jets last week. The team has already locked themselves into the No.5 seed so they’ll most likely play the Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, or Houston Texans in the Wildcard round.
Since he’s been in the league, Joe Flacco has a career playoff record of 10-5 with one Super Bowl win for the Baltimore Ravens in 2012. Despite having rough performances in ‘08 and ‘09, he’s been very good in the postseason throughout his career.
He’s quietly known for being one of the NFL’s better postseason quarterbacks, and that’s mostly because he’s locked into the mental side of it all. Flacco is seemingly at his best when his back’s against the wall in high-pressure situations, which makes sense in terms of some of the things we’ve seen him do during his first five starts for the Browns.
He’s already made some crazy throws to get the Browns out of bad situations, specifically on 4th downs as of late. His ability to remain calm, cool, and collected during chaos is one of his best attributes, which should be incredibly valuable during Cleveland’s 2024 playoff run.
You can go through tons of articles and find quotes from former teammates and coaches who rave about his leadership and motivation ability. One of his former Ravens teammates, Lardarius Webb said in a team interview regarding the playoffs and road playoff games:
He’s exactly the type of quarterback that the Browns need to guide them through an NFL postseason, and he’s shown that he still has quite a bit of gas left in the tank. He’s already shown the ability to elevate the players around him every week, and he has an outstanding supporting cast in Cleveland.
Here are some interesting postseason “fun facts” about Flacco in comparison to a few other quarterback greats:
- More playoff wins (10) than Drew Brees (9)
- Better win percentage (.67) than Peyton Manning (.52)
- More pass touchdowns (25) than Troy Aikman (23)
- Better quarterback rating (88.6) than Steve Young (85.8)
- More yards per attempt (7.2) than Tom Brady (7.0)
- Fewer interceptions (10) than Aaron Rodgers (13)
The Cleveland Browns have a legitimate chance to make it to the Super Bowl in 2024, and that’s largely due to the resurgence of Joe Flacco along with a dominant defense. This team has dealt with an inconceivable amount of injuries and bad luck throughout the entirety of 2023 but always manages to find a way to be successful. As long as Flacco and the offense can limit turnovers down the stretch, the sky is the limit for this team.
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