Joe Flacco started the season saying he was the best quarterback in the National Football League. He ended it as the most valuable player in the Super Bowl, staving off a comeback by the San Francisco 49ers that began after a power failure at the Superdome delayed the game.
Pro Bowl running backs Matt Forte of the Chicago Bears and Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens received new contracts ahead of the National Football League’s deadline for franchise players to sign long-term deals.
Justin Tucker kicked a 47-yard field goal to help the Baltimore Ravens defeat the Denver Broncos 38- 35 in double overtime to advance to the National Football League’s American Football Conference championship title game.
The Seattle Seahawks rounded out the field for the second round of the National Football League playoffs by erasing a 14-point deficit and winning on the road in the postseason for the first time since 1983.
Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos was selected to the National Football League’s Pro Bowl for the 12th time in his career, surpassing Brett Favre for the most career invitations to the All-Star game for a quarterback.