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Flacco accepts blame for Ravens' skid, takes pride in being QB for 5 straight playoff teams

  • Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco walks off the field with his head down during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco walks off the field with his head down during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

  • Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is sacked by Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe during the second half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. The Broncos defeated the Ravens 34-17. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco is sacked by Denver Broncos defensive end Derek Wolfe during the second half of an NFL football game in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. The Broncos defeated the Ravens 34-17. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)  (The Associated Press)

  • Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh looks at quarterback Joe Flacco as he walks off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh looks at quarterback Joe Flacco as he walks off the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Baltimore, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

Joe Flacco has lost three fumbles and thrown three interceptions in his last three games, each of which the Baltimore Ravens lost.

Flacco understands that an NFL quarterback often receives an inordinate amount of criticism in defeat and perhaps too much credit for a victory. And he's OK with it.

Asked how much blame he deserves for Baltimore's current skid, Flacco replies, "All of it. It starts with the quarterback."

In this case, it really does. Flacco's turnovers have contributed heavily to the Ravens' longest losing streak since 2009.

But Baltimore (9-5) is headed to the playoffs for a fifth straight season, all with Flacco as the starter.

The Ravens can clinch their second straight AFC North title by beating the New York Giants (8-6) on Sunday.

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