Joe Flacco did the unthinkable, he sided with Broncos fans.
Just months after Flacco and the Ravens improbably defeated the Broncos in double overtime in the division round of the playoffs, going on to win the Super Bowl, they will face each other again. And if there weren’t already enough points of contention between the two teams the NFL then decided to place enormous banners – to promote the first game of the regular season – of the despised opposition on the sides of Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
“I can’t believe it,” Flacco said. He only saw the signs recently when a teammate texted him a picture of them. “I can’t imagine people in our city would be too happy if somebody from another team was hanging from our stadium. I didn’t have anything to do with it.”
The Broncos themselves are indifferent, but the fans, the ones who thought Baltimore stripped the Lombardi Trophy from their firm grasp, are absolutely livid. The ire toward Flacco only burns deeper as he taunts them, once again.
“I figure I’m getting some heat for it,” Flacco continued Sunday. “But like I said, I didn’t go post it up there myself.”
The much-awaited rematch certainly won’t be preempted by printed banners that hang on the exterior of the stadium. The two teams are both noticeably different entering this season, the Broncos adding the likes of Wes Welker and the Ravens being without most notably Ray Lewis.
So those peripheral factors won’t be the ones the teams are focusing on.
“I’m not mad or anything. It is what it is. I don’t know what the reason is for,” said Broncos safety Rahim Moore. “When it’s all said and done, you’ve got to go out there and play football, just go out there and win.”
The banners will stay, for now, until the Broncos try take Flacco down Thursday night, unfortunately they’ll be too busy with the real one though.