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Playing on the road in his third NFL game, Flacco guided the Ravens on a 76-yard drive to knot the score at 20 and force overtime.
"I think at the point I realized we were going to have to deal with this guy for a long time," Tomlin said.
The intensity will increase a notch or two when the teams meet Sunday for the right to play in the Super Bowl. Flacco doesn't intend to let the pressure get to him.
"I know that it's different, but you can't let yourself think that," he said. "You can't go out on the field and say, 'Wow, what am I doing out here?' You've got to act like you're supposed to be here. That's what being a quarterback is. You have to act like you're going to get the job done. The bottom line is, if you don't get it done, you don't. I can deal with that. It's going to happen eventually. I'm not afraid to fail."
That could explain why Flacco is so calm in the huddle, even in a situation as tense as those final minutes in Tennessee.
"He's always got that calm demeanor about himself," tight end Todd Heap said. "He's never rattled. He's got that confidence about him. It's just fun to be part of a huddle where everybody is on the same page."
That is precisely why it doesn't matter if Flacco was the league's 22nd-ranked quarterback, or that his 73.9 rating in the postseason is the worst among the four remaining starting QBs.
"We have 13 wins now and we're trying to get two more," Flacco said. "As long as we get two more wins, I couldn't care less what my stats are."
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