Flacco had enough protection to scan the field inside before turning his attention to the sideline, where he delivered his longest pass of the season to put the Ravens ahead 16-0 in the second quarter.
Flacco finished his impressive day with a 12-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter that surprised the announced 71,254 fans at the stadium and his 10teammates on the field.
The third-down play called in the huddle was originally designed to be an inside handoff to running back Ray Rice.
But Flacco decided to change it before the snap. He noticed that the right side of the field was open after watching an Oakland cornerback follow receiver Derrick Mason, who was in motion to the left.
So instead of giving Rice the ball, Flacco faked the handoff and took off. He bounced off safety Gibril Wilson near the goal line before scoring his second rushing touchdown of the season, putting the Ravens up 29-10.
"Me and the coaches were the only ones that knew," Flacco said. "I still could have handed it off, but they gave me the option. I said, 'All right, I'm going to take you up on that one.'"
Flacco's all-around effort was underscored by the fact that it came shortly after Suggs had suggested twice that Smith should be starting over the rookie.
But apparently Suggs has been won over.
"I went to him and told him that I really don't care who our quarterback is as long as we're winning," Suggs said. "He has some run and catch in him. It was really great to see he's multitalented."