Joe Flacco Doesn’t Need Tom Brady’s Heart

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While Mikey Adams of Boston sports radio’s WEEI may have chosen to channel his inner Bruce Springsteen, we here at PressBox prefer to let the numbers do the talking … and the singing.

So how do Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady stack up in the postseason?

Flacco leads all NFL quarterbacks with 10 playoff victories since 2008. No other team comes close, with Green Bay, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Seattle each having five wins. Since 2008, Brady has four playoff victories.

In his last five playoff games, Flacco’s Ravens are 5-0. Brady’s Patriots? They are 2-3.

With a 10-4 record in the postseason, Flacco has a career playoff winning percentage of .714. Brady’s 18-8 record translates to a .692 winning percentage.

Brady was drafted in 2000, so he does have an eight-year head start on Flacco. It’s therefore no surprise Brady would have the edge in some of the career numbers.

Brady has 43 career playoff touchdown passes, while Flacco has 21. But when you factor in games played (26 for Brady and 14 for Flacco), Brady averages 1.65 touchdown passes per game, while Flacco is not far behind at 1.5

In Baltimore’s current five-game playoff winning streak, Flacco has thrown 13 touchdowns and no interceptions, completing 91-of-155 passes for 1,399 yards and a 116.6 quarterback rating.

Flacco has attempted 166-consecutive passes without throwing an interception during the playoffs. His last pick came six games ago during the fourth quarter of the 2011 AFC Championship at New England. Flacco’s streak is the fourth longest in playoff history behind: Drew Brees (226 from 2007-12); Joe Montana (179 from 1989-91); and Steve Young  (173 from 1994-96).

Flacco has seven career road wins in the playoffs (including two apiece in each of the 2008 and 2012 campaigns), ranking as the most by a quarterback in league history (Eli Manning is next with five).

And while Adams’ song may contend that “Joey Flacco ain’t got Brady’s heart,” the stats say Flacco is doing just fine with his own darn heart.

— Stats provided by Baltimore Ravens press release

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