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Post Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:45 pm
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And thank you for twisting the knife Joe Buck:

"The kick is from 31 yards for Tynes. Cundiff missed from 32 yards earlier for Baltimore."
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Post Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:51 pm
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I was pulling for Ravens but I was ecstatic that Cunduff missed.  That's all he ever did when he was Dallas' kicker so it seemed fitting to me. 

What you think bout that late non TD call frick?  Looked like 6 to me.
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Post Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:30 pm
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Honestly? I just thought it was a good defensive play and nothing I saw on the replays suggested that it should have been a touchdown. I didn't dwell on it for too long, I just figured it was incomplete and move on to the next play.

The only thing I remember thinking at the time was that Evans had the ball right up against his chest with two hands on it, I couldn't figure out how the hell he let that ball get away. Maybe he relaxed a moment too early.

The worst part about that game is going back through the entire game trying to figure out how the Ravens lost that game. We won the ToP, won the turnover battle, more rushing yards, more passing yards... and the only play I really see is the missed field goal at the end.

And Cundiff is doubly to blame for the game, because his lack of accuracy from 50+ yards forced the Ravens to go for it on 4th and 6 on the previous drive.

That being said, assuming he can get over that miss psychologically, he should be the kicker for the Ravens next year.

Now Cam Cameron on the other hand... his contract is up and no extension has been offered, let's hope it stays that way.
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Post Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:48 pm
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I hope the Giants send Kyle Williams a nice gift basket.

Post Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:07 am
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As much as Cundiff is the goat of the Ravens right now... Kyle Williams is that much more for the 49ers, wow... ouch. I didn't watch most of the game, but I saw a highlight of the first muffed punt and that is just a boneheaded play.

Also, interesting note about Cundiff. His 32 yard miss was the shortest miss in the final 30 seconds of regulation or overtime in a postseason game that cost his team the game. (There were two other shorter misses, but both teams ended up winning the game anyway.)
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Post Mon Jan 23, 2012 8:09 am
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Post Mon Jan 23, 2012 10:40 am
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Post Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:40 am
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When we last left our hero—OK, our protagonist —Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff was explaining his fatal, last-second field-goal attempt against the New England Patriots on Sunday. Cundiff admitted that he was late getting on to the field. The play clock ticked toward zero. Cundiff rushed the kick. He missed. He took responsibility.

What was unclear was why Cundiff was running late. Before we examine what happened—I spoke again to Cundiff and to a Ravens executive—it's helpful to understand how kickers prepare to kick field goals. As you might expect, it's not haphazard. These guys have precise routines, both physical and mental, for when the offense enters field-goal range.

Here's Cundiff's: On first down, Cundiff, his snapper, and his holder gather with Ravens kicking consultant Randy Brown near the practice net on the opponent's half of the field. They execute four or five snaps and holds, and Cundiff, taking no steps, lightly kicks the ball to Brown eight yards away. On second down, Cundiff moves to the Ravens' end of the field, around the 40-yard line. The kicker faces the goalposts at which he'll be aiming and kicks "on air," with no ball, looking up at the distant markers. From far away, the goalposts look narrow; when Cundiff runs on the field, they look wider. "It's a little mind game," he says.

On third down, still around the Ravens' 40, Cundiff imagines the upcoming kick a single time. He moves closer to the sideline to prepare to enter the game and waits for the third-down play to finish. If it's unsuccessful, Cundiff waits to hear Brown and Ravens special-teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg shout, "Field goal! Field goal!" and then makes his entrance.

Because the sidelines of an NFL game are crowded—scores of players, coaches, staff, and game officials, a tangle of benches, equipment, and cables, all crammed between the two 30-yard lines—the best way to follow down and distance, and to watch the plays, is on the scoreboard, which is how Cundiff coordinates his pre-kick routine. On Sunday, during what would be the Ravens' final set of downs, Cundiff completed his first-down prep and checked the scoreboard: second down. He ran through his routine and looked up at the scoreboard again: third down.

Then, suddenly, chaos on the sidelines. Coaches were screaming—from the opposite end of the field to where Cundiff was thinking his third-down pre-kick kicker thoughts—for the field-goal unit. The play clock was ticking and Cundiff, as per normal, was back from the sideline and farther from the line of scrimmage than his teammates. As he was not expecting to go in yet, he had to run to get into position for a game-tying kick.

Cundiff told me he initially thought he was at fault, that he had looked at the scoreboard too early, before the down number had been changed. In fact, the Gillette Stadium scoreboard was off by a down. On Monday, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs told ESPN that Ravens players thought the team had made a first down after receiver Anquan Boldin fumbled out of bounds on first-and-10 from the Patriots' 23-yard line. Instead, the ball was marked where Boldin had lost it, a yard short of a first down. On second and third downs—which the scoreboard said were first and second—Ravens threw unsuccessfully into the end zone. Ravens P.R. director Kevin Byrne told me—and Cundiff later learned—that team officials watched the All-22 video of the game on Monday and confirmed the scoreboard malfunction.

The Ravens, of course, could have made all this confusion moot by calling a timeout. Instead, coach John Harbaugh decided to let Cundiff run on the field and kick.

But back to the scoreboard. Was the error on the Gillette Stadium board an honest mistake made by a confused Patriots employee? Or were there darker forces at work here—a little Belichickian Machiavellianism to confuse the opposition with a Super Bowl berth on the line? Cundiff blames no one but himself for the miss. But he's relieved to know he wasn't seeing things on the stadium scoreboard.
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Post Tue Jan 24, 2012 10:42 am
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Ironic how the very thing that cost Dallas games this year did the same to Ravens and their ex cowboy kicker. 

What were those timeout rules you posted awhile back frick?  Need to send them to BOTH our coaches
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Post Tue Jan 24, 2012 11:48 am
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Honestly, after watching the video again, Cundiff was able to get set with a good 5 seconds left on the play-clock.

My first reaction was why didn't they call timeout, but looking back at it, it doesn't look like a timeout needed to be called, because even though he was rushing, he was set with a few seconds left.

And as we've learned many times in the past, the last thing you want to do to a kicker is let him think some more about a field goal.

(Also, even if there was malicious intent by the Patriots scoreboard operators, I don't think it had any impact on the kick, whatsoever.)
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Post Wed Jan 25, 2012 10:21 pm
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FOR THE FUCKIN SUPERBOWL

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Post Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:28 pm
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What a relief that the Not-Patriots (aka the Giants) won. I wouldn't have been able to handle the Tom Brady media blowjobs over the next few months.

So, is it time to finally start asking the question if Tom Brady can really handle the pressure of being an elite quarterback?

He's 3-2 in Superbowls now, but one he never trailed after the first quarter (he had a mediocre performance, the defense won that Super Bowl against the Eagles).

In two he had the game winning drive in no pressure situations (the game was tied, if the drive had failed, they would have just gone to overtime.)

And in the most recent two, he's failed to come back on the last drive when the Patriots need to score or lose the game.
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Post Sun Feb 05, 2012 8:44 pm
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While I'm happy the Patriots didn't win seeing as they have so many bandwagon fans and they had the easiest way to the Super Bowl ever, I mean seriously, the Ravens were the only team they beat en route to the Super Bowl that finished the season with a positive record. At the same time though, that was not forward progress! The Niners should have been in this game and we would have won.

Post Sun Feb 05, 2012 9:21 pm
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It should have been Ravens/49ers, no doubt about that. And that would have been a hell of a lot of a better game than this one was. It was low-scoring without any good defense. I'm good with low-scoring games... as long as there's good defense too.

Also, I couldn't help but notice that at the end of the NFL Evolution commercial, when Ray Lewis was talking about how the NFL was getting safer... the last guy tried to take Devon Hester down with a horse-collar tackle.
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