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Durable Flacco gives Ravens edge against Steelers

Thursday - 11/15/2012, 4:35am  ET

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco throws to a receiver in the first half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Baltimore, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) -- If a Super Bowl ring is necessary for an NFL quarterback to earn elite status, then Joe Flacco has some work to do before joining the ranks.

If durability, victories and playoff appearances are the necessary attributes, then Flacco -- the leading passer in Baltimore Ravens history -- has few peers.

During a week in which the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3) face the Ravens (7-2) without injured quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Flacco is preparing to make his 74th consecutive start for Baltimore. He has never missed a game since being drafted in 2008, and under his direction, the Ravens are the only team to reach the postseason in each of the last four years.

No other quarterback in NFL history has ever led his team to the playoffs in his first four seasons.

"We've always said we think the world of Joe," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said Wednesday. "I personally hold him in the highest regard. We all believe in him, and we're excited to go into this game with him as our guy."

And why not? Including the playoffs, Flacco has more wins over the past 4
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