I don’t think that the Ravens’ Joe Flacco is a big-time quarterback. He has great talent, but I don’t know if he has the “it” factor needed to be a franchise guy.
The “it” factor is a combination of leadership ability, poise and clutch performance. Quarterbacks with the “it” factor make plays in key moments, like Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger.
The playoffs are full of pressure and the great ones are capable of stepping up to the challenge. With the game on the line, the Ravens’ top offensive players played small. Receivers Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, RB Ray Rice and Flacco didn’t deliver when it mattered.
Boldin was expected to be the Ravens’ No. 1 receiver, so he has to make that catch in the end zone late in the fourth quarter that would have given Baltimore the lead.
That to me, is where the game was won and lost. The Steelers were down by 14 points in the first half, but their big-time players made the plays when it counted in the second half and won the game.