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Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco audibly gaining authority
Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco audibly gaining authority

In one of the biggest moments of his NFL career, Joe Flacco started counting. There were six San Francisco 49ers defenders breathing on the Ravens offensive line. All-Pro pass rusher Aldon Smith walked in from the slot to join them. The strong safety, Donte Whitner, creeping toward the line of scrimmage, made it eight 49ers in the box. The Ravens needed just 1 yard on third down. But based on simple math, Flacco realized the Ravens were outnumbered up front and quickly calculated that his odds would improve if he audibled from the original play call — a run by Ray Rice to the right — to a quick pass to wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Seconds later, Flacco squeezed the ball...

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