Coach 'surprised' no review on drop
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he was "surprised" that the officials didn't review Lee Evans' end-zone drop in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 23-20 AFC Championship loss to New England.
It looked like the Ravens had taken the lead when Evans had the ball in his hands in the end zone. But Evans had the ball stripped away by undrafted Patriots rookie Sterling Moore with 27 seconds remaining.
After Billy Cundiff's missed 32-yard field goal sealed Baltimore's loss, some Ravens wondered whether Evans had possession of the ball and both feet down before he lost the ball. A touchdown would have given the Ravens a 27-23 lead.
Because there was less than two minutes left on the game clock, it was the officials' call on whether to review the play.
"I tried to get [the officials'] attention and thought it would be looked at," Harbaugh said. "I thought they would have at least looked at it. I was surprised that they didn't look at it. Obviously, in that situation, I thought they would have looked at it."
Harbaugh said he never received an explanation from referee Alberto Riveron or anyone on the game's crew. League rules state a player must have both feet or any part of his body other than his hands on the ground before losing control of the ball.
"The ruling on the field of an incomplete pass was confirmed by the Instant Replay assistant, correctly, and as a result, there was no need to stop the game," the league said in a statement to Pro Football Talk. "The receiver did not get his second foot down in the end zone with possession, and as a result, it was an incomplete pass."
Evans was acquired from Buffalo via trade in August.
"Honestly, the most disappointing part of all this ... that I feel personally that I let everybody down," Evans told The Baltimore Sun. "This is the greatest team that I've been on, and I feel like I let everybody down. Yeah, it's on my shoulders. I think Ray gave a good message coming in here. It's hard to sit here and accept how and why things happened, but it's the reality of it. It's as tough as it gets."
Asked if he was surprised that the play wasn't reviewed, Evans said, "No, not really. Obviously, they didn't feel like it was close enough to being reviewed."
Jamison Hensley covers the AFC North for ESPN.com.
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