Found January 22, 2012 on
The Penalty Flag:
Every season, it seems fans finger point at a particular play where they say that is why they loss. As the Baltimore Ravens get ready to head back to Baltimore to prepare for the off-season, it seems their fans can point at many different plays where things could have turned out differently. If the Ravens had just beat one of the teams they loss to, this game could have been played in Baltimore, not New England. Of course when you look at how this game turned out, it seemed you could pin point several times where the Ravens could have won this game. The one play in particular is the 3rd & 6 where they hand it off to Rice on a draw and it went nowhere. After that, the Ravens battled back and with under a minute left, the Ravens were in field goal range. They moved closer and it seemed we were once again about to try out the new overtime rules, but Billy Cundiff missed the kick and the Patriots won. After examining the final couple plays of the game again, it seemed the Refs decided to choose the outcome by missing two huge plays, including one where we [...]
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Tom Brady has the New England Patriots back in the Super Bowl.
The Patriots beat the stunned Ravens 23-20 in the AFC Championship Game Sunday after Baltimore's Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal attempt with 11 seconds remaining that would have tied the score.
Brady scored the winning touchdown when he leaped over the vaunted Ravens defense in the fourth quarter.
Tom Brady had one of his more memorable post-game moments on the AFC title game podium last night. “Well, I sucked pretty bad today, but our defense saved us,” Brady said. “And I’m going to try to go out and do a better job in a couple weeks.” It was an interesting moment. Brady was…
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots made it to the AFC championship game with a high-powered offense that piled up points and yards.
Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens got there with a hard-hitting defense that made it a major challenge for opponents to move the ball.
On Sunday, one of those teams will advance to the Super Bowl because, most likely, of what they do best.
No one has provided more information on Billy Cundiff's miss than Stefan Fatsis, author of "A Few Seconds of Panic", a book about his brief stint as a backup kicker with the Denver Broncos in training camp. For Deadspin, Fatsis has talked with Cundiff and has his own uniquely qualified perspective on the yank.
To summarize — and you should go read the whole thing...
Tom Brady has the New England Patriots back in the Super Bowl.Click to Continue »
Billy Cundiff came up small at the most critical time for the Ravens while Sterling Moore of the Patriots should be credited for his play against Lee Evans. (NBC Sports)
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Tom Brady drove the Patriots down the field for a field goal on New England’s first possession of the second half.
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