Longtime fans of the Baltimore Ravens were thrilled to see their former quarterback Joe Flacco enter Week 4's Jets-Broncos matchup after starting QB Sam Darnold left with an injury.
Now they have a few days of anticipation for his next appearance. It was reported early Wednesday that Flacco would be starting in Week 5 against the Cardinals.
Flacco is only starting because of Darnold's injury, but Ravens fans who cheered for Flacco for years are still looking forward to seeing the veteran back on the field. His appearance last week was the first time in his 12-year career that he entered a game he hadn't started. Now he's back on top of the depth chart - for a week, at least.
With Flacco under center, Sunday's matchup also takes on another weird bit of history.
Flacco is remembered fondly in Baltimore for many reasons: his durability (didn't miss a single start for the first 7.5 seasons of his career), the stability he provided at the most important position (holds just about every franchise career passing record) and the persistent questions about whether or not he was, in fact, elite.
His most enduring legacy, of course, is his postseason run en route to the Super Bowl in February 2013. Flacco's stats across those four postseason games were jaw-dropping, including 1,140 passing yards, 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions. His passer rating was 117.2.
In NFL history, only Joe Montana has ever matched Flacco's touchdown-to-interception ratio in a single postseason, and Flacco beat Montana in passing yards by 340. Simply put, Flacco's run has a case as the greatest playoff stretch of any quarterback in league history.
It earned him the largest contract in NFL history (at the time) and put a target on his back. Flacco never managed to quite live up to that stretch again, and the subsequent mediocre years color how some fans remember his time in Baltimore.
But Flacco will forever be a Ravens legend, not only for his iconic Super Bowl MVP run - highlighted by the infamous Mile High Miracle - but also for his place atop the record books in Baltimore. And, for at least one more week, Ravens fans get to watch him under center once again.