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BOSTON (CBS) — With Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers getting sent home last weekend, Tom Brady may be the most famous quarterback left standing in the NFL playoffs. It’s interesting, then, that Sports Illustrated chose Joe Flacco to grace the regional cover of this week’s issue.

The Ravens’ quarterback appears on this week’s cover, along with an imaginary note from “The Football Gods.” It reads:

Dear Joe,

Last weekend you took down Peyton. On Sunday you get Brady — and the chance, once and for all, to rewrite your legacy.

All the best,
The Football Gods

The accompanying article, written by Peter King, calls for the football world to accept Flacco as being in the upper echelon of NFL quarterbacks. It cites the fact that he has the most wins (61) among all quarterbacks since 2008 and that he’s also the only quarterback with a playoff victory in each of his first five seasons.

It wouldn’t be hard to argue against those numbers, considering Brady has just eight fewer victories despite missing a whole season and also had three Super Bowls in his first five seasons. Alas, the article only argues to include Flacco in the top group.

49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is featured on the other regional SI cover this week.

Joe Flacco featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated (Photo via Sports Illustrated)

Joe Flacco featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated (Photo via Sports Illustrated)

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