Joe Flacco won't have to do much negotiating after this.
The Baltimore Ravens' low-key quarterback put off talks on a new contract until after the season. Now when he and the Ravens sit down, all he'll have to do is show off his Super Bowl MVP trophy.
``It's cool,'' Flacco said after Baltimore's 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. ``We just won a Super Bowl. That's the last thing I'm concerned about. But (owner Steve Bisciotti) did let me know that if that day came, I could go beat on his desk and really put it to him.
``So that's exactly what I'm going to do.''
Flacco capped a perfect postseason, throwing three touchdown passes in the first half to stake the Ravens to a lead they would never relinquish. When the 49ers made a furious comeback after a power outage interrupted the third quarter for 34 minutes, Flacco was cool and controlled.
Let the Niners make their run, he almost seem to say, we'll hold our own.
``You've seen these guys do it,'' Flacco said. ``They have the ability to score and to score quickly, and that's what they did.''
But the Ravens defense made a spectacular stand late in the fourth quarter, stopping San Francisco not once, not twice, but three times on the Baltimore 5. A safety gave San Francisco one last chance, but the Ravens went hard after Colin Kaepernick again, and his last-gasp pass was way off the mark.
Flacco finished 22-of-33 for 287 yards. He didn't throw an interception - didn't throw one the entire postseason, to be precise. His 11 touchdowns in the postseason matched a record set by Joe Montana.
``That's pretty cool,'' Flacco said. ``Joe Montana is my favorite quarterback so it's pretty cool.''
So is being the Super Bowl MVP.
Truth is, the trophy could have gone to a number of the Ravens. But Flacco is happy to have it.
``They have to give it to one guy,'' Flacco said, laughing. ``I'm not going to complain that I got it.''
- Nancy Armour - http://www.twitter.com/nrarmour
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