Feb. 3, 2013 vs. San Francisco 49ers — Flacco had just outdueled Tom Brady in Foxborough, Mass., and Peyton Manning in Denver, but would he continue his sublime roll on the biggest stage possible in Super Bowl XLVII? He answered with a resounding affirmative when he hit Anquan Boldin for a 13-yard touchdown less than five minutes into the game and added touchdown strikes to Dennis Pitta and Jacoby Jones as the Ravens built a 21-3 lead on the San Francisco 49ers in the second quarter. Flacco completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and no interceptions as the Ravens held on to win, 34-31. For his supremely efficient work, Flacco was named Super Bowl MVP. Afterward, he met Jay-Z and Beyonce, who’d performed at halftime. “I don’t think that would happen if we would’ve lost the game,” he said in his usual deadpan. After his triumphant playoff run, arguably the greatest for a quarterback in league history, Flacco signed a six-year, $120.6 million contract that made him the team’s unquestioned franchise player.