Field goals into the north end zone tricky
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If Saturday's playoff game between the Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans comes down to a late field goal attempt, the direction will be significant if pregame warmups are any indicator.
Titans kicker Rob Bironas and Ravens kicker Matt Stover both had trouble kicking toward the north end zone -- heading left on your TV screen. Although the upright flags weren't whipping around much, attempts seemed to hit a wall near the goal line.
Stover twice missed from 47 yards, and again from 49 yards and 50 yards in that direction.
Both kickers were more successful with line drives from longer range, but that will increase the likelihood of a block.
Fans will recall a similar situation in January 2001, when the wild-card Ravens came into Nashville and beat the top-seeded Titans. Al Del Greco's field goal attempt into the same end zone was a blocked line drive that Anthony Mitchell returned 90 yards for a touchdown to break open a 10-10 game.
Bironas was crushing the ball when kicking toward the south end zone, nailing one from 61 yards. He also made tries from 58 (barely) and 54 yards.