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Ravens offensive line 'is the reason the Ravens are in the Super Bowl'

NEW ORLEANS - The Ravens' reshuffled offensive line has not only kept pressure at a minimum on Joe Flacco thus far in the playoffs, but it's also paved the way for running backs Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce to rush for a combined 416 yards and two touchdowns.

The offensive line's yielded just four sacks this postseason.

And behind the offensive line, Baltimore's posted averages of 425 yards per game and 30 points per game thus far in the playoffs.

Flacco's thrown eight touchdowns without an interceptions during the postseason while throwing for an average of 284 yards per game.

According to former New York Giants offensive lineman and current NFL Network analyst Shaun O'Hara, the Ravens' reshuffled offensive line "is the reason the Ravens are in the Super Bowl."

"Without a doubt, the way that unit has played is the reason the Ravens are in the Super Bowl," O'Hara said. "Their run game has benefited. But more importantly, the pass protection. Joe Flacco doesn't throw two touchdowns on [Denver Broncos cornerback] Champ Bailey if he's not standing upright in the pocket and able to step up and deliver those throws. What Joe's accomplished is in direct correlation to how well the offensive line has played."

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