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Flacco's Improvement Fuels 4-0 Run

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BALTIMORE - DECEMBER 11:  Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens passes against the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens lead the Colts 17-3 at the half. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE - DECEMBER 11: Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens passes against the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens lead the Colts 17-3 at the half. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Earlier this season, people were concerned about the poor completion percentage of Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco. He was hitting on under 50% of his passes at one point and the Ravens found it difficult to get up for games and beat inferior teams on the road, losing three times to teams they were obviously better than, except on that day.

While Flacco was able to lead the Ravens to victory in the tougher games, his lack of consistency was a major concern headed into the last half of the 2011 NFL season. Since then, four straight games have produced four wins, and Flacco's performance in that streak is a major reason why the team has looked so good. Over the past four games, Joe has thrown the ball 104 times, completing 65 passes for 816 yards, five-TDs and only 2-interceptions. That's a 62% completion rate, a huge improvement from earlier this season.

Flacco's overall completion percentage is still lower than any previous season of his four year NFL career, but it is on the rise and besides, a factor in that lower completion percentage is all the long shots he is now taking downfield. Still, he is averaging 240 passing yards per game, easily his best per game average in his career and is exactly only 500 passing yards away from breaking his single-season total of 3,622 set in 2010.

Not exactly Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees stats, but certainly he is on pace to lead the Ravens to the playoffs for the fourth straight season and with the talent around him on both sides of the ball, that might just be enough to get the team to the Big Game.