NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Quarterback Joe Flacco (FLAH'-koh) put off contract talks with the Baltimore Ravens until after the season was done.

Seems like a pretty good decision in hindsight, huh?

Capping a perfect postseason, the unassuming and unheralded Flacco completed 22 of 33 passes for 287 yards and three first-half touchdowns and earned Super Bowl MVP honors for leading the Ravens to their Super Bowl victory.

Flacco silenced any questions about just how good he is and where he belongs in the conversation about the league's best quarterbacks. He's only the sixth in 47 Super Bowls to throw for three scores in a first half, connecting with Anquan Boldin for 13 yards, Dennis Pitta for 1, and Jacoby Jones for 56.