Flacco earns some hardware, Harbaugh preps for Carroll

Joe Flacco earned the admiration of Ravens fans everywhere when he led his team on a game-winning 92-yard touchdown drive last Sunday night against the Steelers.

It turns out, Flacco received something else as a result of that drive, as well.

Flacco’s late-game heroics have earned him the GMC “Never Say Never Moment of the Week” for Week 9.

The Ravens quarterback beat out Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s game-winning TD pass with 15 seconds left to beat the Patriots and Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson’s 99-yard walk-off punt return for a touchdown in overtime.

This is the second week in a row a member of the Ravens’ offense has earned the Moment of the Week; Ray Rice got the honors last week for his three-touchdown performance in the second half of a comeback win over the Cardinals.

Meanwhile, after spending this week preparing for a Seahawks team coached by Pete Carroll, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh has admitted today that he’s chatted a bit with his brother about what exactly to expect from a Carroll-coached squad.

John’s younger brother Jim, who, of course, is the head coach of the 49ers, has quite a history with Carroll. The two opposed each other when each was a head coach in the then-Pac-10 (Harbaugh at Stanford, Carroll at USC) and also squared off earlier this season when the 49ers beat the Seahawks 33-17 back in Week 1.

“We might have had a conversation or two,” John Harbaugh said with a smile when asked if he’s consulted his brother for advice this week. “They played them a long time ago, that’s the thing. So, specific information is a little bit more difficult, because things change so much in this League over the course of half a season.

“So, I think we’re pretty much on our own in that way. It’ll be a big challenge. Pete Carroll has done a great job everywhere he’s ever been.”

When most people think Harbaugh vs. Carroll, they think back to the confrontation between Jim and Pete in 2009.

Jim’s Stanford Cardinal took it to USC, beating the Trojans 55-21, and many would claim that Harbaugh ran up the score on USC late in the game. That prompted this awkward postgame handshake between the two coaches.

I just hope we don’t have any more handshake controversies on Sunday. I think we’ve experienced enough of those in the last few years.

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