Meet the opponents for this year’s AFC Championship Game.
Same as last year’s opponents for the AFC Championship Game.
And yet, Shaun O’Hara claims that when it comes to Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in the postseason, everyone says they won’t get fooled again.
That was the NFL Network analyst’s stance on Friday’s edition of “NFL Total Access.” During a roundtable segment that featured guest analyst, St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson (who I will be the first to say has a very bright future as a football analyst once his playing days are over) discussing whether or not Flacco will have a better game than Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, as they did during Week 3 of the regular season this year, the former New York Giants center argued that, while the potential for an upset in Foxboro exists, the fifth-year quarterback, who has led the Ravens to a playoff berth in each of his five years with the team, still isn’t getting the credit that he deserves.
“When I look at Joe Flacco, I love what he’s doing,” O’Hara admits. “And yet, he’s not getting any love. He’s like that girl, all right, she’s stuck in that ‘friends’ category, and she wants to be in the ‘girlfriend’ mode, how do you get into that next level? That’s the way we look at Joe Flacco: he gets no love, no respect, and look what he’s done this season… He’s rising to the occasion in the big games; he’s done it before against the Patriots. He’s not scared of this Patriots/Bill Belichick team, he’s ready to play.”
Yes, just when you thought O’Hara was going for yet another one-liner to be had at the expense of Manti Te’o, he actually likens Flacco to the hypothetical gal pal in a famous Chris Rock comedy routine (here’s a snippet of it – obviously NSFW).
Flacco is a respectable 2-3 against Brady and the Patriots, with the Ravens winning only one game out of four in Foxboro (a Wild Card routing of the Pats in 2010). And of course, last year’s AFC Championship Game could have certainly went the Ravens’ way.
We’ll find out on Sunday night whether or not Joe Flacco will step up and bust out of his chastity belt, and prove the critics wrong.