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Longtime NFL veteran Joe Flacco made his first start of the year this week when he led the Cleveland Browns against the Los Angeles Rams and he largely played well – especially considering it was his first NFL game in about a year – but he did have one crucial late-game mistake that he regrets.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Flacco threw a deep ball to Elijah Moore that was off target and ultimately intercepted by Rams safety John Johnson. The interception helped swing a close game in Los Angeles’ favor, and Flacco wasn’t happy about the mistake.

“Yeah, I’m just upset at myself,” Flacco said in his press conference. “Listen, I know I can play. I think every time you go take the field, you’re obviously proving to yourself and proving to other people that you can play the game but deep down I know I can play the game so that’s not my thought process at this point.

“My thought process is just disappointed in myself and these are the games that I honestly love to be in. They come down to the fourth quarter and they’re not pretty and they’re going to be tight. I think I excel in the games that are played tight and need to have good decisions be made. So to not come through in that kind of situation, it definitely stings a little bit.”

Flacco finished the game 23-of-44 for 254 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception.

[Pro Football Talk]