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Old 02-17-2009, 11:11 PM   #1
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Default Clutch play separates Roethlisberger and Dallas Cowboys' Romo

(Note this is from a Dallas newspaper. - mesa)

Clutch play separates Roethlisberger and Dallas Cowboys' Romo
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09:01 PM CST on Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Sometimes we get so consumed with stats that we forget that winning and losing are really all that matters.

That's why Ben Roethlisberger is better than Tony Romo.

You wouldn't have convinced me of that a few months ago because Roethlisberger, who had 17 touchdown passes and 15 interceptions this season, usually plays such an ugly game.

Like so many others, I put too much credence on stats and style and not enough on performance and substance.

But when you watch Roethlisberger struggle for three quarters against Dallas before leading the Steelers on their only touchdown drive – eight plays and 67 yards – with 2:04 left, setting up Deshea Townsend's interception return for a touchdown in the Steelers' 20-13 win over Dallas, it affects you.

Just as it affects you when you watch Roethlisberger lead the Steelers on a game-winning touchdown drive in the Super Bowl after seeing the Cardinals take an improbable 23-20 lead with less than three minutes left.

At winning time, Roethlisberger plays his best. And he does it when it matters most. It doesn't matter what Roethlisberger has done in the first three quarters. Everyone on the field and in the stadium knows he's going to get it done at the end of the game.

As long as there's time on the clock, Roethlisberger thinks he's going to win. Those are among the reasons he has two Super Bowl championships in his first five seasons.

Romo had a 114.7 rating with nine touchdowns and an interception in the fourth quarter of games this season. He had a 97.4 passer rating with nine touchdowns and four interceptions on third down, the most important down in football.

He's 27-12 as a starter.

None of that matters because he's 0-2 as a playoff starter and the Cowboys were humbled, 44-6, in a win-and-get-in game against Philadelphia in the regular-season finale.

We shouldn't have been surprised considering he had a 67.9 rating with five touchdowns and six interceptions in December.

We question Romo's leadership, commitment and preparation because he hasn't played his best football when it has mattered most. Until he does, his gaudy stats won't matter because they lack substance.
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Old 02-17-2009, 11:57 PM   #2
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Default Re: Clutch play separates Roethlisberger and Dallas Cowboys' Romo

This almost made me laugh a bit, I mean why would they even thin Romo is even in the same category as Big Ben. I mean true Ben can hurt us a bit by throwing some passes I wonder why he would sometimes (reminds me of Farve) but I would never want another QB other then Big Ben. Hes a true Steeler thru and thru.
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Default Re: Clutch play separates Roethlisberger and Dallas Cowboys' Romo

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i don't seem to recall romo, playing so well in that game either...
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i don't seem to recall romo, playing so well in that game either...
Haha I know. His only TD pass that game was luck, if our defense gets to him then Ben's TD drive is all we need to win that game.

Also, Romo threw the game-losing INT for the Cowpatties.
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He's perfect for Dallas. Big Name, movie-star persona, doesn;t really ever get it done. Dallas is so far removed from knowing what it takes to win it's pathetic.
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He's perfect for Dallas. Big Name, movie-star persona, doesn;t really ever get it done. Dallas is so far removed from knowing what it takes to win it's pathetic.
Seeing as how they are the only 1 of the 2 teams right behind us with 5 Super Bowl wins that has any realistic chance of catching us in the next 5 years, I'm fine with that.
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A separate working brain separates Tony Romo from Big Ben.
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No suprise. Romo chokes like a snake eating a walrus.
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No suprise. Romo chokes like a snake eating a walrus.
Now there's a lovely visual.
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