President Obama may have had football on the brain during his year-end press conference Friday, confusing the names of "The Interview" star James Franco and NFL quarterback Joe Flacco.

"It says something interesting about North Korea that they decided to have the state mount an all-out assault on a movie studio because of a satirical movie staring Seth Rogen and James Flacco," Obama said.

"I love Seth, and I love James, but the notion that that was a threat to them I think gives you some sense of the kind of regime we are talking about here," he said.

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Flacco, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback, is one of the National Football League's highest paid players and a Super Bowl MVP, despite regularly finishing near the middle of the pack as a passer. He's been the target of tons of Internet jokes asking whether he is an "elite" player, and the president's mistake prompted journalists and political types to pounce. 

Luke Russert, NBC reporter

Olivia Nuzzi, The Daily Beast  

Madeleine Perry, Digital Director for Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.)

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