But don't you think that at times great QBs are pumped up a bit beyond their already lofty status....and guys like Flacco get too deeply discounted?
Being a team sport, yes, these QB comparisons only go so far anyway no matter how we measure them.....stats, MVPs, clutch wins/losses or otherwise. A QB can't usually win a game single-handedly...but they can sure screw it up.
One thing is certain.....Denver and Baltimore both have very good O-lines, WRs, TEs and respectable running games along with solid defenses. Overall, two pretty balanced teams.
Sadly....Peyton came out on the short end again....being only moderately effective and with a critical error, while Flacco played very well. I was just honestly stunned to see Peyton falter again in the playoffs....finally equipped with a more balanced team and spotted a 14-0 lead. And I was equally impressed with Flacco's performance.
I don't think Joe Flacco is great....yet....but IMO he's off to a better start than he gets credit for.
I think he is also under-rated. He really cannot be compared to Manning though, not yet. He was not the catalyst in most of the Ravens wins, but ya know what, that's because I don't think they really gave him a chance to be that catalyst. The Ravens offense was all about ground and pound, and hardly ever took to the air, because their O-line and running game were so good, that is what they did to win games, it takes a lot of time off the clock, and hurts an opposing defense.
It's really hard to compare him to an elite QB because he wasn't really given the opportunity to prove he is elite until just recently. We will have to see how the future rolls out for him.