Super Bowl XLVII: Baltimore Ravens notes
Baltimore’s Joe Flacco upset both Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in these playoffs, only the second quarterback to ever do that in the same postseason. Now Flacco looks to add a Super Bowl ring to his resume, not to mention increase his value with pending free agency (the Ravens will keep him, but it’s going to be expensive.). Baltimore is a 4-point underdog on WagerWeb.com.
With the Ravens playing in the Super Bowl, this is the seventh time in the past eight seasons in which a team that played in the Wild Card round has advanced to the Super Bowl. The win at New England marked the sixth road playoff victory for Flacco, the most in NFL history. His eight postseason wins are tied with Ben Roethlisberger for the second-most in a quarterback’s first five NFL seasons, trailing only Brady (nine).
Flacco leads the NFL in the playoffs with a 114.7 passer rating, which includes eight touchdowns and no interceptions. In NFL postseason history, the only quarterbacks to finish a postseason with at least nine touchdowns and no interceptions are former 49ers quarterbacks and Pro Football Hall of Famers Steve Young (nine touchdowns; 1994) and Joe Montana (11 touchdowns; 1989).
Flacco completed eight passes on throws more than 20 yards downfield in his first nine career postseason games, but has 10 completions in three games this postseason. Flacco has gone 2-of-16 with two interceptions on those throws in his postseason losses (16-of-38, 4 TD in wins, including this season).
Flacco had a league-best 18 pass plays of 30-plus yards against four or fewer pass rushers in the regular season and has added six more in the postseason. Flacco had five such plays in his first nine postseason games and only one since 2008. No team has used four or fewer pass rushers more often than the 49ers this season (83.7 percent, including playoffs).
Veteran linebacker Ray Lewis – who was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV – has led the Baltimore defense. The Ravens joined the 2010 New York Jets as the only teams to defeat both Manning and Brady in the same postseason. Lewis, who will retire after the season, leads the NFL with 44 tackles in the playoffs.
Including plays negated by penalties, Lewis has been on field for all 271 of the Ravens’ defensive snaps this postseason. Lewis and Ed Reed are the only Ravens defenders to play every postseason snap. Lewis has helped stabilize the Ravens defense when bringing added pressure this season. The Ravens allowed opponents to complete 65.1 percent of their passes against five or more rushers when Lewis was inactive this season. Only Brady (twice) completed more than 60 percent of his throws versus the Ravens five-plus man pass rush with Lewis active.
WagerWeb.com trends: Ravens are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 playoff games. Ravens are 4-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. Ravens are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 350 total yards in their previous game. Ravens are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. Ravens are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game.
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