Monday, January 23, 2012
'Confusion' before Ravens' missed kick
By Jamison Hensley
The reason why Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff was rushing onto the field before he missed the last-minute game-tying field goal was confusion on the sideline, linebacker Terrell Suggs said on ESPN's First Take.
The Ravens thought it was third down -- and not fourth down -- which forced Cundiff to run from one end of the field. He then missed a 32-yard field goal that would have tied the AFC championship game with 11 seconds remaining.
"There was a lot of confusion on that last play," Suggs said. "Those last two plays happened so fast."
Asked if coach John Harbaugh should have called a timeout to give Cundiff more time to set up, Suggs paused four seconds before saying, "I don't know. I don't know."
The confusion started when Anquan Boldin caught a first-down pass and ran to the New England 14-yard line before fumbling the ball, which rolled forward and out at the New England 10. The Ravens thought the ball was spotted where it went out of bounds, which would have given them a first down. But the ball was spotted at the Patriots 14, making the Ravens one yard short.
Flacco threw two incompletions (one was the Lee Evans drop in the end zone), and Suggs said some players thought it was third down when it was actually fourth down.
"It was a miscommunication of the rule," Suggs said.
Then, Suggs watched in disbelief when Cundiff hooked the kick.
"As soon as Billy kicked it, it didn't feel good," he said. "I was just, like, 'Oh my God, that's a lot left. Hopefully, it's going to curve back and get one of those kicker curves.' But it didn't and they celebrated."