Flacco had two torn ligaments, and yet he stayed on the field for the final three offensive plays of the game-winning drive. Yes, despite a completely shredded knee, the Ravens franchise quarterback got his team into field-goal range for kicker Justin Tucker to get the victory.
He didn’t have to throw the ball or scramble from pressure. He handed the ball off twice and then spiked it. But it’s not like Flacco was playing in the Super Bowl, or even a playoff game, or even a game that might put them into playoff contention.
The Ravens simply improved to a 3-7 record.
Why the heck didn’t Flacco just come off the field?
“Because he knew if he comes off, now we have clock issues,” said Head Coach John Harbaugh.
“I told the team he’s an absolute iron man, warrior-type of a player out there,” Harbaugh added. “I think it was a courageous performance by [him] at the end.”