Joe Flacco's young career has been a good one, with trips to the playoffs in each of his four years with the Baltimore Ravens. But until Sunday, he hadn't played a home playoff game — and, after the Ravens' win over the Houston Texans, he will be playing his eighth road playoff game against the New England Patriots next Sunday.
Flacco's only had one great postseason game, a 265-yard, two-touchdown outing against the Kansas City Chiefs in a 2011 Wild Card game. The rest of his postseason road resume is a lot less impressive: Flacco has two touchdown passes total in the other six starts, and has thrown seven interceptions, including three in his only appearance in an AFC Championship Game in 2008. Worse still, Flacco's completion percentage on the road in the playoffs — 53.3 percent in all seven games, and 48.7 percent in the six games that weren't against the Chiefs — is more like Tim Tebow's than that of a quarterback for a Super Bowl contender.
Flacco righted the ship against the Texans, to an extent, throwing for 176 yards and two touchdown passes, but that came in front of a friendly Baltimore crowd. Traveling to Gillette Stadium will be a different sort of test, though it will bring with it a chance to throw against a terrible Patriots defense.
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