Ravens coach John Harbaugh declared Joe Flacco the best quarterback in the NFL after Baltimore's 30-17 wild-card win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night.
"Joe Flacco, what can you say," Harbaugh said. "He's the best quarterback in football. We'll take him any day of the week, twice on Sunday or Saturday if that be the case."
Flacco and Harbaugh both arrived in Baltimore prior to the 2008 season, and both played integral roles in transforming the Ravens into perennial contenders over the past seven years.
But it wasn't until this week that Harbaugh donned on the 29-year-old the mantle of "best" NFL quarterback. Flacco threw for 18 completions on 29 passes for 259 yards Saturday, earning Baltimore its first-ever postseason victory at Heinz Field.
A quarterback notorious for being at his best in the postseason, Flacco has a 10-4 record in the playoffs despite failing to finish in the top 10 in NFL passing yards in any of his seven seasons.
Baltimore has made the playoffs in all but one of his years with the team, and has made it to at least the divisional round of each postseason it's played in. Flacco was instrumental in the Ravens 34-31 win in Super Bowl XLVII.
Baltimore will take on New England in the divisional round of the playoffs Saturday afternoon.
- Will Green