"It's just the nature of the game, man," Flacco said after the game. "Stuff like this happens. So you've just got to stand tall and get through it."
The injuries put a damper on the Ravens' last-second victory, which raised their record to 3-7. It should also highlight Flacco's toughness. Harbaugh revealed that Flacco suffered the injury on the Ravens' last offensive series. He finished out the series despite the injury, with the Ravens winning the game on a Justin Tucker field goal.
The injury will stop Flacco's streak of consecutive starts to open his career at 122 regular season games. (He's also started 15 playoff games.) If nothing else, the Ravens could take solace that the timing of the injury gives Flacco more time to rehabilitate for 2016. The injury also came in a rare lost season for the Ravens. Forsett, Flacco, No. 1 receiver Steve Smith, defensive captain Terrell Suggs, speedy first-round draft pick Breshad Perriman and center Jeremy Zuttah have all been injured for the Ravens.
This qualifies as a huge downer of a year for Flacco, but we don't think he was playing poorly at all. His numbers were mediocre because of the talent around him. Few quarterbacks were asked to carry their teams as much as Flacco this year, and for the most part he was the same guy he's always been. That was good enough to almost win in Foxborough last January, and the Ravens should be back in the playoff mix again some year soon. That blown lead to the Patriots, however, feels like a long time ago.