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Next Step for Ravens’ Flacco, Consistency

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In the Baltimore Ravens’ biggest game of the season, quarterback Joe Flacco raised his game to another level, lifting the Ravens to a sweep over their rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers with a 23-20 victory.

(Credits: Don Wright/AP)

It may have been hard to digest last week, but the quarterback getting the headlines after the Ravens-Steelers contest has been Joe Flacco, not Ben Roethlisberger.

All season long it’s been the same tune: The Consistently, Inconsistent Joe Flacco.

Flacco, who completed 28 out of 47 passes for 300 yards, led the Ravens on a 92-yard drive down the field in just over two minutes. With just eight seconds on the clock, Flacco hit rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith, who had dropped several passes, with a 26-yard game-winning touchdown toss.

However, following his great performance in week one, when Flacco shredded the Steelers defense completing 17 out of 29, for 224 yards and three touchdowns, he completed a dismal 15 out of 32 passes, for 197 yards, while throwing one touchdown and two interceptions in the Ravens 26-13 loss, week two in Tennessee.

With the Ravens tied atop the AFC North with the Cincinnati Bengals at 6-2, it is imperative that Flacco uses Sunday night’s performance as a springboard for putting up solid performances week-in and week-out, as the Ravens look to host a playoff game for the first time since 2006.