SI taps/jinxes Joe Flacco with cover


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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Having a 70-yard prayer of a pass answered at the last minute of regulation to leave Peyton Manning’s Broncos schell-shocked was enough to land Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week.

Of course, there’s always a question about whether or not that’s a good thing.

You can debate whether the SI cover jinx is real, but considering the Ravens are returning to New England, the same place they saw their season end a year ago by a field goal, Flacco wasn’t exactly one to laugh it off.

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“I sure hope not,” he said.

Flacco said he’s seen the cover, if only on Instagram. Besides, it’s not the first time he’s been the coverboy.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he hadn’t seen it yet, but he wasn’t worried.

“I am not superstitious,” Harbaugh said.