Joe Flacco won’t have to do much negotiating after this.
The Baltimore Ravens’ low-key quarterback put off talks on a new contract until after the season. Now when he and the Ravens sit down, all he’ll have to do is show off his Super Bowl MVP trophy.
"It’s cool," Flacco said after Baltimore’s 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night. "We just won a Super Bowl. That’s the last thing I’m concerned about. But (GM Ozzie Newsome) did let me know that if that day came, I could go beat on his desk and really put it to him.
"So that’s exactly what I’m going to do."
Flacco capped a perfect postseason, throwing three touchdown passes in the first half to stake the Ravens to a lead they would never relinquish. When the 49ers made a furious comeback after a power outage interrupted the third quarter for 34 minutes, Flacco was cool and controlled.
Let the Niners make their run, he almost seemed to say, we’ll hold our own.
"You’ve seen these guys do it," Flacco said. "They have the ability to score and to score quickly, and that’s what they did."
But the Ravens defense made a spectacular stand late in the fourth quarter, stopping San Francisco not once, not twice, but three times on the Baltimore 5.
Flacco finished 22-for-33 for 287 yards. He didn’t throw an interception — didn’t throw one the entire postseason, to be precise. His 11 touchdowns in the postseason matched a record set by Joe Montana.
"That’s pretty cool," Flacco said. "Joe Montana is my favorite quarterback, so it’s pretty cool."
So is being the Super Bowl MVP.
Truth is, the trophy could have gone to a number of the Ravens. But Flacco is happy to have it.
"They have to give it to one guy," Flacco said, laughing. "I’m not going to complain that I got it."