Before the Baltimore Ravens' 20-13 win over the Houston Texans in the divisional round of the playoffs, Ravens quarterbacklet the media have it about the fact that he feels disrespected as a winning quarterback. "I'm sure if we win I'll have nothing to do with why we won, according to you guys," Flacco said last Wednesday.
As it turned out, the Ravens won, and Flacco didn't have as much to do with it as he'd probably need to make his case that he's an elite quarterback. He was bailed out by his receivers on several throws, and his final stat line — 14 of 27 for 176 yards and two touchdowns — should be seen in that context. According to Football Outsiders' opponent-adjusted metrics, Flacco was the sixth-best quarterback of the entire divisional round — just above Texans rookie quarterback T.J. Yates and some guy named Tim Tebow.
More importantly, Flacco left one of the Ravens' most important players with a distinctly unimpressed feeling. Talking to SIRIUS NFL Radio on Monday, mega-safety Ed Reed said that Flacco underperformed against Houston's aggressive defense.