Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is not known for long, emotional locker-room speeches the way linebacker Ray Lewis was. But when his teammates needed a boost at halftime during Sunday’s crucial game against the Cleveland Browns, he stepped up.
He said just one sentence, or maybe one sentence and then an interjection, depending on who’s telling it. Wide receiver Torrey Smith remembers it as “Win the game.” Coach John Harbaugh says it was “Let’s just go win a game.” Baltimoreravens.com transcribes it as “Let’s go win a [flipping] game. [Fudge]!”
In any case, it was enough to get the team — including Flacco himself — playing well again, particularly in the fourth quarter, with Flacco going 8-for-9 for 161 yards and two touchdowns.
With the 20-10 win, the Ravens clinched a playoff berth. They face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday in the AFC wild-card game.
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