HOUSTON -- The Falcons and MVP Matt Ryan will attempt to win their first Super Bowl title Sunday in Houston. But if draft night had gone a little differently in 2008, none of this would be possible.
The landscape of the NFL would be completely different.
Rewind back nine years ago.
At that point, cooler heads prevailed, and there was no deal.
But think about how things would've been different. Neither Flacco, nor Ray Rice (the team's second-round selection in 2008) would not have been Ravens. Nor would Paul Kruger, their second-rounder in 2009.
Who would be the Falcons quarterback? Would the Ravens have one Super Bowl title like they have or more? Or fewer?
"We decided it was time to pull the trigger on the quarterback," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said at the time, "that we felt like was the guy to lead our football team into the future."