Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal with 11 seconds left that would have tied the AFC Championship Game at 23. The miss essentially gave the Patriots the win, sending them to the Super Bowl.
When Cundiff attempted his field goal, the entire play seemed rushed; the ball was snapped just before the play clock expired. Cundiff told Deadspin’s Stefan Fatsis that the entire sequence was rushed because of an error on the Gillette Stadium scoreboard.
According to Cundiff, and confirmed by the Ravens on tape, the Gillette Stadium scoreboard erroneously said Baltimore got a first down on a pass to Anquan Boldin. In actuality, Boldin was tackled a yard shy of the first down marker, setting up a 2nd and 1. So when it was second down for Baltimore, Cundiff thought it was first down because of what the scoreboard said, and so on.
By the time the team got to fourth down, Cundiff thought it was still third down thus he was unprepared for his kick.
Cundiff has accepted all blam...