Has Joe Flacco defied critics with his late game heroics against the Broncos? - NFL[caption id="attachment_653" align="aligncenter" width="475"] Larry French / Getty Images[/caption] Joe Flacco forced the Denver Broncos into overtime during the Baltimore Ravens' stunning Divisional Round victory with a 70-yard touchdown bomb to Jacoby Jones with 31 seconds left in regulation. The Ravens went on to win in double OT and the quarterback etched his name into Ravens folklore. Depending on how his Ravens go over the next two weeks it could easily become NFL folklore. Despite being the only QB to have made the playoffs in each of his first five seasons in the NFL – winning at least one playoff game in those seasons – Joe Flacco has had his fair share of critics. And you could say they are somewhat justified. In those five seasons, here are the cold hard facts about the man out of Delaware with a cannon for an arm. Flacco has never thrown for over 4,000 yards or completed anything higher than 64 percent of his passes. He’s also never thrown more than 25 touchdowns in a season and has been sacked on at least 30 occasions each year. For these reasons Baltimore’s front office decided to hold off in renewing Flacco’s contract at the start of the season as he was entering the final year of his current one; and management was vindicated in their decision with the inconsistent football Joe Flacco has displayed throughout the season. Among quarterback’s who have had at least 200 pass attempts, the Ravens QB is ranked 14th in passer rating and a lowly 26th in completion percentage this season. In addition, Flacco is ranked equal 8th when it comes to total sacks for the year and a less than impressive 15th in the category for total touchdowns. Yes, Flacco may be 7-4 in all postseason games but some of those games were won off the back of his teammates. For example: Last season the Ravens knocked out the Houston Texans in the Divisional Playoff game. Flacco had a total quarterback rating (QBR) of 18.7. Not to mention the Texans were without Matt Schaub due to injury and had to rely on the inexperience of T.J. Yates. In 2010 Flacco threw for a dismal 34 yards (four of 10 passing) in a playoff game against the New England Patriots; even though his Ravens were somehow able to put up 33 points. However, after what happened against the Broncos, it’s safe to say that a new contract will be getting drawn up as we speak; and if the Ravens go on to win the whole thing maybe Flacco could be presented with an open cheque book. In this current postseason Joe Flacco is leading ALL quarterbacks in passer rating, total touchdowns, total passing yards, yards per attempt and has also gone both playoff games without throwing an interception. Flacco’s excellent postseason up until now has resulted in him gracing one of the two regional covers of the Sports Illustrated magazine this week. So, has Joe Flacco become elite? Or at the very least a playoff calibre player? Well we all know that we don’t need to ask Flacco himself if he feels he’s the best quarterback in the NFL; or his agent for that matter. However, his next game will go a long way in answering those questions. Flacco will now look forward to a meeting with last year’s Super Bowl runners-up, the New England Patriots, in the AFC Championship game this coming Monday. The Ravens will be looking to go one better than last year when they lost to Tom Brady’s Patriots in the corresponding game last year in Foxboro 23-20. If Baltimore does go on to win Super Bowl XLVII everyone will be quick to point out the Flacco-Jones connection in their win over Denver as that special moment when greatness was born. Your destiny awaits Mr. Flacco.