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Romo likes the Cowboys' chances

Romo likes the Cowboys' chances
IRVING - If the Dallas Cowboys win their all-or-nothing game at Philadelphia on Sunday, their chances of reaching the Super Bowl will be on par with the league's powerhouses, quarterback Tony Romo believes.

"Right now, we have as good a chance as the Tennessee Titans if we go win this weekend," Romo said Wednesday. "I think that's a really positive note that we can all take around here."

The AFC South champion Titans (13-2) earned the No. 1 seed by routing the AFC North champion Pittsburgh Steelers. That means Tennessee has a first-round bye and the home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

If Dallas (9-6) makes the playoff, its road to the Super Bowl would be long and arduous. It also seems unlikely that winning one game - albeit a win-or-go-home affair - would transform the inconsistent, mistake-plagued Cowboys into a consistent, strong-in-all-three-phases team like the Titans.

Romo, though, is confident beating the Eagles (8-6-1) on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field could pave the way for a New York Giants-like run to the Super Bowl. The Giants upset New England last season after entering the playoffs as a 10-6 wild-card team.

Suffice it to say, Romo is of the same mind as coach Wade Phillips, who says the Cowboys are right where they want to be - never mind that they entered the season as the NFC Super Bowl favorite.

"I definitely agree with it," Romo said of Phillips' spin. "One (win) and we're in the playoffs. Just about every team would take that. Obviously, different teams have different expectations at the beginning of the year, but I know this team has been left for dead more than a few times this season and we feel very strongly in our capability if we get a win to continue to get a few of them."

Romo suggested the Cowboys deserve praise for even getting to this point.

"The difficult thing is getting in the playoffs year after year," Romo said. "Somebody told me today if we are able to get in, the only two NFC teams back in the playoffs would be us and the Giants. That just goes to show you're not guaranteed anything.

"I think if we go out and win this game, it solves a lot of stuff."

One thing Dallas hopes to solve in Philadelphia is an offense that was out of sync for most of Saturday's 33-24 loss to Baltimore. Romo, who passed for only 59 yards in the first half of that game, said much of the offense's problems stemmed from facing one of the league's top defenses.

"Give us the last ranked defense in the league, that will help," Romo joked. "The best defenses in the league, they are the best defenses for a reason. They provide you good talent, they provide you with a great scheme and the combination of the two makes it difficult on anybody.

"And defenses are a lot more advanced. I think every year that goes on they come up with new little things that just attack."

The Ravens intercepted Romo twice when he threw deep in short-yardage situations. He drew criticism for saying after the game the throws were like punts even though Ed Reed returned the second interception 29 yards to set up a drive that resulted in a field goal that gave the Ravens a 9-7 halftime lead.

On Tuesday, Romo backpedaled, saying interceptions are "never a good thing" and acknowledged he must do a better job protecting the ball against the Eagles.

"Obviously, I made two poor choices on those," he said. "I have to fix it. It's part of the learning process. And I will get better, I promise you that."

Notebook: Phillips is second-guessing his decision to play running back Marion Barber the last two weeks after he missed the Pittsburgh game on Dec. 7 with a dislocated right pinkie toe. Barber has rushed for 2 yards on 10 carries the last two games.

"Maybe we shouldn't have played him at all," Phillips said. "Maybe he'd be well now."

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 27, 2008

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