Flacco’s wife is due to deliver their third child Tuesday and he said he prefers to be there for his wife during the delivery. Andy Dalton took Flacco’s spot on the Pro Bowl roster. The game will be played Sunday in Arizona.
It was Flacco's fourth postseason game with at least three touchdown passes and his first interceptions since 2011 in the playoffs. Flacco connected with wide receiver Kamar Aiken for a 19-yard touchdown on the team's opening drive. He followed that with a touchdown to Steve Smith Sr. from nine yards away.
Flacco then hit tight end Owen Daniels in the back of the end zone for an 11-yard score and finished his scoring by finding running back Justin Forsett out of the backfield for a 16 yard touchdown.
With the game on the line, Flacco took a shot at the end zone, trying to find Torrey Smith, but was intercepted.
"They had a new corner in there [Logan Ryan] and that safety [Duron Harmon] was cheating that way a little bit," Flacco said. "But I thought I might be able to sneak the ball in there and take a shot at the end zone and get us some points on the board there, with Torrey [Smith] on a good matchup, even though they were cheating to his side a little bit. So, I took my shot, and it just didn’t work out. Didn’t get it there."
With the Ravens up 13-9, Flacco scrambled around and found wide receiver Torrey Smith in the back of the end zone for a touchdown.
Then, after a Pittsburgh turnover, Flacco connected with tight end Crockett Gillmore for a 21 yard touchdown on the very first play of the drive.
It was Flacco's sixth post season game throwing for at least 250 yards.
The Ravens will head to New England for the divisional round of the playoffs next week.
Boos rained down upon
Flacco missed on his first three attempts of the game and things didn't get much better. His team trailed 10-3 after three as he was just 14 of 27 for 151 yards to that point. But he sizzled thereafter, completing 8 of 9 for 161 yards and two scores in the fourth. He hit Torrey Smith against strong coverage on a perfectly thrown 53-yarder to set up a 16-yard touchdown to the same receiver. He then found Kamar Aiken for a 2-yard score to clinch the win.
He finishes the regular season with career-highs in touchdowns (26) and yards passing (3,986).
Along with the rest of the offense,
"We got our [butt] kicked," Flacco said. "It's really simple."
The Ravens did not gain a first down until the third quarter and Flacco had a passer rating of zero at halftime. Flacco’s three interceptions were a season high and his first multiple interception game since the Week 8 loss to Cincinnati. He has not thrown multiple touchdowns without an interception in a game since Nov. 30.
Flacco completed 21 of his 50 pass attempts for 195 yards, but was able to throw two touchdowns to
The Ravens host the Browns Week 17.
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