The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

January 2, 2013

Banner year for rookie quarterbacks

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INDIANAPOLIS — "It’s obviously gotten you to the point that you’re in the playoffs and playing to get to another week. If it got you that far, then you’re obviously doing something right so you should try to continue that. You shouldn’t try anything crazy just because it’s playoff time.”

A first-round draft pick by Baltimore in 2008, he recalled his feelings as a rookie and going into the post-season.

“I just remember it was a great opportunity. I mean it was the chance to play another game and go win a playoff game which hasn’t been done too many times [by a rookie starter]. And then you give yourself a chance to go win next week," Flacco said.

"Like I said, I remember it being a great opportunity and you know I just kind of tried to go about business as usual and go play my normal game. I guess a lot of teams will hype it up and try to maybe make it something more than it is, and pump into it a little bit, but the biggest thing is just stay comfortable and take advantage of the opportunity.”

Colts coach Chuck Pagano understands the pressure that his rookie quarterback, Luck, will no doubt feel Sunday in Baltimore.

“Just go play. Again, we understand the magnitude of it and we understand that it’s win or go home. He understands that. We all understand that. He’s played in big games and he’s going to be in a hostile environment," Pagano stressed.

"He’s been in hostile environments for 16 weeks, or eight of those 16 weeks. He’s prepared himself for that. It’s a tough, tough place to play, like many venues on the road. But I think Andrew is mature enough and far enough along that he’s not going to let anything distract him or take away from his focus and preparation.”

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