It's amazing what a good playoff run can do for your reputation.
On New Year's Day, Joe Flacco was a good, not great, quarterback whose struggles away from home during the regular season made him a potential postseason liability for the Baltimore Ravens.
Fast forward three weeks. The Ravens have won three straight games, two in frigid and hostile road conditions. In those wins, Flacco has outplayed Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.
Flacco has thrown eight touchdowns without an interception in the playoffs. According to the NFL Media research department, every quarterback that's thrown eight touchdown passes or more without an interception has won the Super Bowl and taken Super Bowl MVP honors.
The complete list: Joe Montana, 1989 (11 TDs), Steve Young, 1994 (9 TDs), Phil Simms, 1986 (8 TDs), Troy Aikman, 1992 (8 TDs) and Drew Brees, 2009 (8 TDs). Flacco is one killer performance away from some very impressive company.