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Don't blame Flacco for this one

Posted on: January 22, 2012 6:15 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2012 6:21 pm
Joe Flacco didn't lose this game. Billy Cundiff did.

Flacco made all the right throws on what should have been a tying drive late in the AFC championship game, setting up Cundiff for a 32-yard field goal that would send the game into overtime. Only Cundiff missed, pulling the kick wide left as astonished Ravens collapsed to the field.

It was a kick Cundiff has made hundreds of times in practice and during games -- but he missed it, pure and simple, taking down Baltimore's chances of appearing in a Super Bowl with it.

In truth, Cundiff shouldn't have had to make the kick. Lee Evans failed to come down with a perfectly thrown Flacco pass for what could have been a winning touchdown only two plays before -- but lost the ball when Sterling Moore ripped it loose.

For Baltimore it was a game it could have -- maybe should have -- won, but the Ravens made too many mistakes on their last three drives, failing when Flacco threw an interception on one series, they failed to convert a fourth-down on the other and Cundiff blew the easy kick.

The Ravens stifled quarterback Tom Brady for most of the afternoon and held tough when they had to on a third-and-short with just under two minutes left, leaving it to Flacco to win the game. He could have. He might have. He didn't.

And you can blame Billy Cundiff.

Category: NFL

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: January 23, 2012 7:26 pm

Don't blame Flacco for this one

I won't say Flacco is completely off the hook. He had Torrey smith open deep for long td's and under threw one and overthrew the other. He did throw that INT in the 4th when the ravens were driving for the lead. That should NOT be overlooked especially considering the stage in the game and the stakes. In the end Yes cundiff missed the game tying not winning, tying FG, BUT flacco threw the pick on a drive that may have put the ravens in the SB. I hate when teams blame the kicker. How about blaming the defense for letting brady beat them despite playing just average at best. While Flacco didn't lose this game he sure as hell didn't go win it when he had the chance.

Flacco is good, and i disagree with the flak ( lol ) flacco gets for being nothing other than a winner.  He just came up a bit short this time. Lewis and reed have two years left to get a ring. they are still playing bettter than most at their positions IMO. great game nonetheless.

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:34 am

Don't blame Flacco for this one

     hawsc is correct, Lee Evans is the ultimate goat here.  That is too bad since last week he made a spectacular one-handed catch against the Texans.  Oh well, a good season regardless for Baltimore.  Congrats to the Patriots and hope you win the Super Bowl!

Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 8:27 am

Don't blame Flacco for this one

     Glad you enjoyed it, Steel City fan.  I have to admit it was enjoyable watching the Black and Gold get beat by the 8-8 Donkeys.  And as for the two wins against Pittsburgh, meh.  Just two more regular-season victims on the way to a division championship.  Face it, Pittsburgh is slipping and the rest of the NFL knows it.  Their defense is aging and teams like the Ravens aren't afraid of them.  I look for the Ravens to repeat as AFC North champs next year and I wouldn't be surprised if they sweep Pittsburgh again.

Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:56 pm

Don't blame Flacco for this one

Cundiff was just living up to his Dallas Cowboys heritage.. Field goals have always been their bane..

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:18 pm

Don't blame Flacco for this one

Blame Lee Evans for not catching an easy TD

Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2012 10:09 pm

Don't blame Flacco for this one

By NFL standards, a 32 yard field goal is a chip shot.  Although his missed field goal wasn't the only factor that contributed to the loss, Comelips should've made that kick.  That shank deserves a big C'MON MAN!!!

Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: January 22, 2012 9:49 pm

Don't blame Flacco for this one

Blaming the kicker is taking the easy way out.  If it was to win the game then maybe.  Blame the rest of the Ravens for not winning it. 

Since: Nov 4, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 9:46 pm

Don't blame Flacco for this one

I just can't believe that anybody believes that the Patriots dominated this game.

I find it incredulous that the Ravens didn't win.

If not for gator armed receivers there is no doubt that Baltimore would be in the Super Bowl once again.

I want to know what happened to fair, unbiased reporting.  I can't believe the obvious desire the announcing crew had for a New England victory.

This game was a perfect example of the better team not winning the game. 

Since: Oct 15, 2006
Posted on: January 22, 2012 9:26 pm

Don't blame Flacco for this one

I'll give the Raven's D credit for keeping Brady off balance all game. However, Pats had many chances to put this one away in the 4th quarter. Raven's shouldn't have even been in a situation to be kicking for that field goal. Brady throws an interception on the first play when instead they should have been eating the clock and moving the ball. Then the next set of downs, they go 3 and out. They get the 1st and the game is over right there. Flacco certainly played better than Brady today, but even so, without the mistakes, this is a 17 point win for the Patriots. Great game Baltimore.

Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: January 22, 2012 9:22 pm

Don't blame Flacco for this one

Close games always can be analyzed and key plays identified that may have tipped the outcome.  It can be a questionable play call by the coaches, the QB not calling an audible, a lineman jumping offsides, a receiver dropping a ball or a no call or bad call by a ref.  After the fact in a close contest any of these things had they gone differently might have swung the outcome.  In the Baltimore/New England game the final play that everyone will matter is Cundiff hooking the ball wide left from 32 yards.  That final play determined the winner and Cundiff will go down as the biggest loser.  I wonder what Ed Reed has to say?

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