If Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco plays well against the 49ers in the Super Bowl, he’s set to accomplish something that only a couple of of 49ers Hall of Famers have done in NFL playoff history.
Flacco has thrown eight touchdown passes and no interceptions so far in this postseason. The only quarterbacks to finish a postseason with at least nine touchdown passes and no interceptions are Steve Young, who threw nine touchdowns with no interceptions in the playoffs after the 1994 season, and Joe Montana, who threw 11 touchdown passes and no interceptions in the playoffs after the 1989 season.
So if Flacco throws at least one touchdown and no picks he’ll tie Young. With three touchdowns and no picks he’ll equal Montana. Montana and Young were both Super Bowl MVPs in those seasons.
If the Ravens win the Super Bowl, it will be the ninth postseason game they’ve won in Flacco’s first five NFL seasons. Only Tom Brady, who was also the starting quarterback for nine postseason wins in his first five seasons, has been the winning quarterback in the playoffs so many times so early in his career.
With a big game on Sunday, Flacco can cement his reputation as one of the NFL’s best big-game quarterbacks.