Billy Cundiff misses easy field goal, Patriots beat the Ravens 23-20

You make the call: Who's to blame, Lee Evans or Billy Cundiff?

1/22/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5232 respect




All of the pre-game talk was about Joe Flacco, and whether or not he'd be able to outplay Tom Brady and lead the Ravens to a win over the Patriots.

As it turns out, he WAS good enough. Even Brady, who admitted that he sucked in the post game interview, will tell you that Flacco played well enough to win the game. Unfortunately for the Ravens, Lee Evans dropped a TD pass and Billy Cundiff missed this 32-yarder with 11 seconds left in the game, allowing the Patriots to kneel out the clock for the win.

The Patriots got lucky this time, and are now awaiting the winner of the Giants-49ers game.

So who's the goat for this Ravens loss? Is it Evans for dropping the TD pass that could have given them the lead? Or is it Cundiff for missing the chip shot FG?
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1/24/12   |   HULL_17   |   2495 respect

if you want to get technical you could blame the holder for the FG...he didn't turn the laces right.... Just saying....

1/23/12   |   hclcdestin   |   8842 respect

I'm a faithful New England fan - Patriots won the game,but they oughta thank their lucky stars!! I really thought Evans had possession long enough to be a TD. My mouth sank to the floor!!(or a fumble). I've seen juggling acts get called for TDs. What would happen if they went to instant replay?
Tough call but the announcers may've jinxed Cundiff (he's 16 for 16 last 2 years from 30),he didn't miss by much.

1/23/12   |   BRye21   |   544 respect

 As someone who has played and is in love with the WR position I want so badly to yell and scream at Lee Evans for the loss. Basic fundamentals tell you to lock up that reception by tucking that ball and securing the catch.

But its a kickers job to be able to come in when your needed and win the game under high pressure situations....and that's usually for longer harder kicks.

I put it on Cundiff...but I'm not complaining about it.

1/23/12   |   derms33   |   17642 respect

 I say Evans got 2 feet down, but anyways, come on Cundiff, you gotta hit that kick.  Thats why he was a journeyman kicker before sticking with Balt. the last 2 seasons...and looks like it may have been his last there.  Flacid did everything he could, and Harbaugh knew he didn't want it to come to Cundiff, thats why he went for the win instead of the tie initially.   Oh well, the media got what they wanted, NE and NY

1/23/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61576 respect

Mmmhmm...

1/23/12   |   HULL_17   |   2495 respect

what are you talking about ash?? =P

1/23/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61576 respect

Bill Evans? What position was he playing? lol

1/23/12   |   HULL_17   |   2495 respect

(Edited by HULL_17)

Lee Evans for sure....with the superbowl on the line he should have held onto that football like it was a baby...the field goal should never ever have even been attempted...

1/23/12   |   Coolguy76   |   3 respect

Ravens did their best. Two players cost the game. If Ravens ought to win, then Lee Evan should hang on the ball to win the game. Oh well. No one is perfect.

1/23/12   |   Big_Country78   |   38 respect

ravens whole offense is to blame, the patriots defense is not good.

1/23/12   |   Jess   |   34638 respect

Scott wrote:
Considering the Ravens offense is centered around Ray Rice and the running game, you can't expect Joe Flacco to put up Drew Brees like numbers as a quarterback.  That said, yesterday he threw for over 300 yards, completed 61% of his passes and had two touchdown passes.  You can't ask for much more out of Flacco.  

Billy Cundiff will ultimately get the blame for this loss but had Lee Evans been able to get his 2nd foot down in the endzone to complete the touchdown catch, Cundiff wouldn't have had to even make that field goal kick.

 I guess I just thought Flacco made a few really poor decisions that could have moved the chains at some crucial times. He threw it away a few times when he had all day and at least one open receiver, and he had one opportunity to run up the middle himself for just a couple of yards and get a first down. I realize he's no Drew Brees but ffs - ugh. 

However, that said, Ashlie's right. The Patriots were not fantastic yesterday by any stretch, and that entire Ravens team is to blame for not capitalizing on it. Bummer. But that's ok - the Super Bowl will be a great game!

1/23/12   |   originalcrash78   |   7104 respect

I blame Jacoby Jones. If he doesn't muff that punt we could...what?...wrong poll?...I know it was last week, but...oh, okay.
Nevermind.

1/23/12   |   kobe_lova   |   61576 respect

I blame the Ravens... all of them.

1/23/12   |   Scott   |   53027 respect

Considering the Ravens offense is centered around Ray Rice and the running game, you can't expect Joe Flacco to put up Drew Brees like numbers as a quarterback.  That said, yesterday he threw for over 300 yards, completed 61% of his passes and had two touchdown passes.  You can't ask for much more out of Flacco.  

Billy Cundiff will ultimately get the blame for this loss but had Lee Evans been able to get his 2nd foot down in the endzone to complete the touchdown catch, Cundiff wouldn't have had to even make that field goal kick.

1/22/12   |   Pat   |   5232 respect

Flacco wasn't amazing by any stretch, but when you have WRs dropping TDs that could have given you the lead, it's hard to blame it on the QB. I mean... honestly, what did we really expect from Flacco? I think he played as well as you could expect Joe Flacco to play.

1/22/12   |   Jess   |   34638 respect

(Edited by Jess)

I think if Flacco had played worth a crap and Rice could do much, they wouldn't have been in the position for Evans' or Cundiff's mistakes to contribute to a loss.  Patriot's defense isn't great, and let's be honest - their offense today wasn't all that exciting either. I heard or read somewhere that the Ravens could win that game easily if Flacco didn't blow it. 

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(Maybe I was watching a different game...I don't think Flacco played particularly well.)