The Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday night in one of the strangest and most entertaining NFL championship games in years, The success of the Ravens should encourage Dallas Cowboy fans that our team is closer to playoff success then you might think.
First off, the Cowboys took the Ravens to the limit earlier this season. In their Week Six match-up, the Cowboys ran all over the Raven’s vaunted defense to the tune of 227 total rushing yards and was one 51 yard missed Dan Bailey field goal away from victory.
Now, let’s examine and compare the pieces of both teams to gauge how just how far the Cowbo9ys are from possible post-season success. We’ll start at the top with the quarterbacks
Quarterbacks – Joe Flacco vs. Tony Romo; Advantage Ravens
After tonight, Raven’s quarterback Joe Flacco will be considered “elite” by many, despite a regular season full of ups and downs. Flacco finished the regular season with a total of 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He finished the year with an 87.7 QB rating, throwing for 3817 passing yards while averaging 238 yards per game.
Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo’s numbers are actually better then Flaccos’. Romo finished the season with a total 29 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. His QBR was 90.5, while throwing for 4,903 yards last year averaging 306.4 yards per game.
But the biggest difference between the two quarterbacks, and the most defining factor, is their post season success. The Ravens have made the playoffs for the last five seasons straight. They have also won at least one game in each of those playoff appearances. In that same span, the Cowboys only made the playoffs once.
Also consider Flacco was near perfect this post-season, finishing it off with a Super Bowl MVP trophy. He threw for 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions, out-duelling Andrew Luck, Colin Kaepernick, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady along the way.
Still, at the end of the day, I truly do believe Romo is a better overall quarterback then Flacco. But the latter has the playoff wins, and now, a Super Bowl ring. That’s hard to argue with. Still, I believe Cowboys’ fans can feel a bit more optimistic about their team’s possible future success.
Look for more articles coming this week as we continue to compare the positions between our Cowboys and the now Super Bowl Champion Ravens.