I know, one game at a time. The Ravens still have a way to go in order to bring home a Super Bowl victory, but if they do they will most likely have to go through some Super Bowl experienced QB’s.
How much does Super Bowl experience help as you travel through the NFL playoffs? It’s hard to quantify what each player’s experience means but as the pressure mounts it can only be to their advantage to have been through it before.
Currently with 8 teams left in the hunt, 6 of these teams have QB’s that have been on the NFL’s biggest stage. These names include Kurt Warner (twice), Kerry Collins, Jake Delhomme, Donovan McNabb, Ben Roethlisberger, and Eli Manning.
The two players yet to go are Philip Rivers and Joe Flacco. Rivers saw action in last years AFC championship game where he lost to the Patriots while nursing an injured leg (19/37 211 yds 0 TD – 2 Int).
Flacco on the other hand is still new to the playoffs, but since when has he seemed phased by anything? Will he be bothered by the media attention or the perceived pressure as he moves through each game? If this season is any indication we may have the exception to the rule, but the Ravens will have their hands full with whoever they play.
Below are the SB performances of the QB’s still alive in this years playoffs:
SB # Player comp-att yards td-int W/L other
XXXIV Kurt Warner 24/45 414 2-0 W MVP
XXV Kerry Collins 15/39 112 0-4 L lost to Ravens
XXXVI Kurt Warner 28/44 365 1-2 L
XXXVIII Jake Delhomme 16/33 323 3-0 L
XXXVIX Donovan McNabb 30/51 357 3-3 L
XL Ben Roethlisberger 9/21 123 0-2 W
XLII Eli Manning 19/34 255 2-1 W MVP