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What To Look For: AFC Championship Game

APPROACHING 50: Baltimore quarterback JOE FLACCO has a 49-23 (.681) record as a starter (including postseason) and enters Sunday’s AFC Championship Game one win shy of 50 for his career. With a victory against New England, Flacco would become the first quarterback to win 50 games as starter in his first four NFL seasons (including postseason).

Flacco can also tie Patriots quarterback TOM BRADY for the most playoff wins by a quarterback in their first four NFL seasons. Currently, Flacco is tied with BEN ROETHLISBERGER and KURT WARNER for second with five wins each.

SACK ATTACK: Baltimore linebacker TERRELL SUGGS led the AFC with 14 sacks in 2011. In 10 career postseason games, Suggs has recorded 10 sacks and with a sack this Sunday against the Patriots, he can become the sixth player in NFL history with 11 postseason sacks.

The players with the most postseason sacks since the stat was made official in :

PLAYER

POSTSEASON GAMES

POSTSEASON SACKS

Willie McGinest

18

16

Bruce Smith

20

14.5

Reggie White

19

12

Charles Haley

21

11

LaMarr Woodley

8

11

Terrell Suggs*

10

10

*Active this weekend

EASY REED-ING: With an interception in last week’s AFC Divisional Playoff Game against Houston, Ravens safety ED REED increased his career postseason interception total to eight. With an interception this Sunday, Reed can tie Pro Football Hall of Famer RONNIE LOTT, BILL SIMPSON and CHARLIE WATERS for the most postseason interceptions.

With 66 interception-return yards, Reed (162) can surpass ASANTE SAMUEL (227) for the most return yards in postseason history.