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Joe Flacco is a Super Bowl MVP after Ravens defeat 49ers

The Baltimore Ravens can thank Joe Flacco for delivering the second Super Bowl victory in franchise history. Here's a look at his historic run this season.

Jamie Squire

Joe Flacco's impressive run in this year's playoffs culminated with him taking home MVP honors after Super Bowl XLVII. He's set to become a free agent in the 2013 offseason, but signs seem to indicate he will be receiving a huge contract soon. It might have something to do with his 124.2 passer rating in the Ravens' win against the 49ers.

He carried the Ravens in Sunday's Super Bowl, completing 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three touchdowns. The ground game averaged just 2.7 yards per carry overall, leaving Flacco to lead the offense throughout all four quarters.

Four playoff games, zero interceptions for Flacco. That's almost impossible to beat. Is it any surprise he walked away as the MVP? Critics will likely continue to struggle calling Flacco "elite," because that's just the nature of critics. However, regardless of what anyone says, Flacco now has a Super Bowl title and one of the most successful playoff resumes in NFL history.

"I'm a Raven for life," said Flacco during his MVP speech. Surely Ravens Nation can sleep easy tonight knowing that No. 5 is set on remaining with the franchise that drafted him. Contract talks are right around the corner, and he has all the bargaining chips he could possibly want now. It seems like waiting until after the season to negotiate played out perfectly for Joe.

Reports prior to the Super Bowl indicated Flacco would seek a contract upwards of $20 million if the Ravens came away with the win. Well, here we are.

Flacco is now the 30th quarterback in NFL history to win a Super Bowl. Only a select few have been fortunate enough to bring home multiple Lombardi Trophies, but Flacco is in just his fifth pro season. The sky appears to be the limit for the former Delaware Fightin' Blue Hen.