Patriots 23 Ravens 20 | AFC Championship Game
I felt an incredible sense of loss at the end of the game. And I’m not a Ravens fan or a Patriots hater. It was the feeling that the Baltimore players that had given everything had been let down by one of the quirks of football. In fact, I felt as if all neutral football fans had been let down.
Former Pro Bowl place kicker Billy Cundiff badly hooked the 32-yard field goal attempt at the dead-end of the game allowing New England to escape the task of an overtime to advance to their seventh Super Bowl in a quarter century.
Joe Flacco. The name alone conjures up images of the waterfront. So when a football observer rightly says that Flacco has the strongest arm in the league, the double entendre is irresistible. The Baltimore Ravens’ quarterback just can’t be taken seriously by fans in bulk, especially now that he is facing Lord Brady. Even when Flacco wins, such as when the Ravens thrashed the Patriots 33-14 in the 2009 playoffs, he gets no respect. Perhaps he hasn’t earned it — Flacco completed only four passes on that day.