Joe Flacco keeps building his reputation, playing another outstanding game in difficult conditions. The Ravens' quarterback finished 21-of-36 passing with three touchdowns and no interceptions. He took down Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in back-to-back weeks, outplaying both future Hall of Famers in their own buildings.
Flacco got help from a Ravens defense that grew tougher as the moment grew bigger. Tom Brady had been 67-0 in games in which his Patriots were leading in Foxborough at halftime, but the Ravens dominated the last two quarters. Bernard Pollard's knockout hit of Stevan Ridley created the turnover that effectively ended New England's season. Brady was intercepted twice and had several passes deflected at the line of scrimmage.
So now it's set. The Harbaugh Bowl. Ray Lewis' final game played on the sport's greatest stage. Not too bad.