DENVER — Joe Flacco looms larger than life in Denver, and not just because he engineered the stunning upset of the Broncos in the playoffs that propelled the Ravens to the Super Bowl title.
The league’s marketing campaign for next week’s kickoff game features several large banners of Flacco fluttering from lamp posts on downtown streets — and a giant one several stories high that hangs at Sports Authority Field alongside a banner of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
That has drawn an angry public reaction from Broncos fans who have taken to Twitter and to the streets to vent their frustration. Some fans have organized an online petition asking the league, which purchased the advertising space, to remove the banners.
The Ravens visit Denver next Thursday for the NFL’s regular-season opener.