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Statistically, the two quarterbacks have had great careers thus far. Peyton Manning has put up numbers in the realms of Dan Marino and will soon break a lot of his records. Marino is another quarterback who seemed to choke under pressure and never seemed to take his teams to that next level.
The two quarterbacks have numerous combined Pro Bowl appearances and have set a lot of team records. They know how to rack up yards and pad their stats. The numbers look great, but what ultimately matters is what they do in situations that matter the most.
Peyton has had a lot of fourth quarter comebacks in the regular season. The pressure from the regular season games never seem to get to him, and this is where he and Romo differ. He has 45 fourth quarter comebacks in the regular season, but only has one in the playoffs. One playoff comeback is unreal when he had so many comebacks in the regular season. This is evidence that Peyton’s demeanor changes once he gets into the playoffs and shrinks under the pressure.
Romo has had his fair share of problems in the playoffs, but unlike Manning, has had difficulties in regular season games. Tony Romo is a player who plays very well for most of the game doing everything right until the last five minutes of the game.
No lead is too big to overcome when playing a Romo-led team, which was evidenced in this year's second half comeback by the 49ers. Romo seems like he is always giving the ball up to the other team with bonehead plays at the end of games.
Would you really consider LeBron James the best to ever play the game if he never won a championship or has only won one? These players have so much talents and put up great numbers in the regular season that wins in crucial games should be warranted.