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Lee Evans may be on way out of Baltimore

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The similarities were too striking to ignore.

Lee Evans, like T.J. Houshmandzadeh in last year’s playoffs, couldn’t corral a pass that would have kept the Ravens’ hopes for a Super Bowl alive.  (In Evans’ case, his catch would have likely sent Baltimore to the big game.)

Just like Housh, Evans was a desperate veteran acquisition by a Ravens team hoping to fill a hole at wide receiver. Just like Housh, Evans was emotional and took responsibility after the devastating defeat.

“It is what you saw. It was an opportunity for us to go to the Super Bowl, and I let it go,” Evans with tears in his eyes via the Baltimore Sun. “Honestly, the most disappointing part of all this is that I feel personally that I let everybody down. This is the greatest team that I’ve been on, and I feel like I let everybody down. Yeah, it’s on my shoulders.”

Evans is taking a lot of blame for the play, but we give Patriots cornerback Sterling Moore most of the credit. It was a bang-bang play and Moore swiped at the ball as hard as he could. It was more of a great defensive play than a gag job by Evans.

Unfortunately for Evans, he may share something else with Houshmandzadeh. We’d be surprised if Evans wasn’t one-and-done in Baltimore. He’s due a $1 million roster bonus in March and he’s due $3.27 million in base salary in 2012.

Evans caught only four passes in an injury-plagued regular season. He added four more in the playoffs, but it seems unlikely the Ravens will bring him back at that high salary.

UPDATE 2:01 p.m. ET: Here’s Florio talking about the play on PFT Live Monday.

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81 Responses to “Lee Evans may be on way out of Baltimore”
  1. ticalcaldwell says: Jan 23, 2012 1:58 PM

    3.27 mill for a guy that had the final game-winning drop to the end the season…..do you really even need to ask this question…see housh

  2. canjura says: Jan 23, 2012 1:59 PM

    I remember when I thought this guy was going to be a stud, injuries derailed that road for him though.

  3. irongershwin says: Jan 23, 2012 1:59 PM

    Frank Sabotka should have left Maryland too.

  4. sschmiggles says: Jan 23, 2012 1:59 PM

    I thought he actually had a pretty solid grip on the ball initially. I couldn’t believe Moore punched it out.

  5. fittytuckin says: Jan 23, 2012 1:59 PM

    Once a deep threat receiver loses his speed, there really isn’t much else they can provide.

  6. rr2000k says: Jan 23, 2012 2:00 PM

    You would think he would have made up for his lack of play this year. Thanks for putting me in a horrible funk today Lee.

  7. toonsterwu says: Jan 23, 2012 2:00 PM

    Very little reason to bring him back. Down year, plus the emergence of Torrey Smith as a deep threat, and add in Tandon Doss being a guy they like just makes it seem quite unlikely they’d waste the resources to keep him around. Two good young pass catching TE’s in Pitta/Dickson, along with Boldin being their move the chains possession guy. Their resources seem better spent elsewhere.

  8. ingraven says: Jan 23, 2012 2:00 PM

    Looks like Lee Evans will be Lea-Eaving Baltimore. Im sure Ozzie and the gang will find multiple ways to continue to make us one of the most consistent/competitive teams in the NFL.

  9. jmagnet28 says: Jan 23, 2012 2:02 PM

    I’m not a Pats or Ravens fan but I have never been more disappointed in a player than I was with Lee Evans.

    Given the situation, if you’re fortunate enough to get both paws on that ball….YOU STRANGLE THAT BALL UNTIL ITS BEGGING YOU TO LET GO!

  10. thraiderskin says: Jan 23, 2012 2:02 PM

    well I hope they re-work is contract. I know he is a good reciever, I’ve seen it, but the injury issue defintely does not warrant that salary.

  11. xtb3 says: Jan 23, 2012 2:03 PM

    How about Cameron? You had on the site his contract ended this year then we saw Harbaugh push him before they tried on 4th down?

  12. mrizzo44 says: Jan 23, 2012 2:03 PM

    It’s hilarious that so many people absolutely trashed the Bills when they traded him to Baltimore.

  13. skinsrollyou says: Jan 23, 2012 2:03 PM

    He ain’t already??

  14. ralphtherealravenfan says: Jan 23, 2012 2:05 PM

    Hmmm…I don’t know who they would replace him with…maybe Tandon Doss…but he’s not as fast as Evans…then again Tandon can catch, one of the reasons Flacco hand picked him to be drafted last year. I wouldn’t be surprised either way, whether he stays or goes. It wouldn’t be a bad thing if he stayed though. Maybe a full off-season with Joe can get him more in sync with the offense.

  15. lolitschad says: Jan 23, 2012 2:07 PM

    Watching that pass get broken up… while not identical to Housh’s drop… the similarities were there. Much like when Mark Clayton dropped the ball in New England the year before Housh’s drop. Ravens, please get a receiver that can catch a ball when the game is on the line. Thank you.

  16. vallz5 says: Jan 23, 2012 2:08 PM

    You drop ball; BAL drops you.

  17. Pat MyHog says: Jan 23, 2012 2:08 PM

    And Baltimore fans, it was not a catch…

    1) Didn’t pass the eye test. If you rewind that DVR and watch that play at full speed over and over, it just doesn’t look like a catch.

    2) Yea but 2 feet were down before the ball came out! Honestly it was very close but it looked like the ball started moving a fraction of a second before his 2nd foot was down.

    3) Even if they had reviewed it, there was no way there was incontrovertible evidence to overturn the call on the field.

    4) but hey, at least the Orioles knocked the Sawx out of the Playoffs…so you got that going for you….

  18. rexismybff says: Jan 23, 2012 2:09 PM

    If the guy only catches 4 balls all year, why is he even on the field for the most important play of the season? Didn’t they have anyone without all the rust to run that route?

    Typical Ravens. This is why disciplined organizations like the Steelers beat them most years – not because of superior talent, but because the Steelers have a logical plan with respect to personnel and coaching, and they have an excellent coaching staff that sticks to the plan.

  19. 6ball says: Jan 23, 2012 2:10 PM

    .

    “it was more of a great defensive play ”

    Exactly. At times fans can forget that their opponents have playmakers too. Evans got open, made the catch, then Moore made his defensive play. Evans was not the first player to have the ball tomahawked from his hands while in the act of catching.

    .

  20. jpiro says: Jan 23, 2012 2:10 PM

    Baltimore should tell him they’ll resign him to an incentive-laden deal if he’s looking to redeem himself. Then, cut him before the roster bonus is due and see if he’s actually willing to try and make up for his mistake, or if he’s just giving it lip service.

  21. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jan 23, 2012 2:10 PM

    He shoulda said “at least I didnt miss a 32-yard field goal.”

  22. suhnami says: Jan 23, 2012 2:12 PM

    i’m surprised this guy would ever want to show his face in the state of maryland again…along with the kicker

  23. cliverush says: Jan 23, 2012 2:13 PM

    Dear Raven’s Fans, The loss your team suffered yesterday was a terrible blow to some great players who deserved a chance to play out the game in OT. The missed FG will haunt you for years to come. Every time there is a Sports Center and you see it coming you will reach for the remote to shut it off. I know from experience watching the David Tyree catch. It will not get better for you until they get into the playoffs again. Sorry, but it is true.

  24. buffalomafia says: Jan 23, 2012 2:15 PM

    I thought he held onto the ball long enough before it was knocked out?

    Im no Ravens fan but how come players dive over goal line or pile on then drop ball quickly & thst counts as a TD?

  25. randygnyc says: Jan 23, 2012 2:18 PM

    These guys are very well paid over the course of their careers, regardless of how short some of them turn out to be. A million dollar years salary = 20 years of work @ 50k per.

    With that said, I don’t feel sorry for any player under ANY circumstance (outside of the only 2 exceptions, paralysis or death).

  26. humbleminded85 says: Jan 23, 2012 2:19 PM

    May be out??? I’ve personally been patrolling the Maryland border for the last 14+ plus hours in hopes of keepin em out of here.

  27. psuravens19 says: Jan 23, 2012 2:20 PM

    A 9 year vet needs to come down with that ball… he has his entire body wrapped around it. No excuses…

  28. omegaichiban says: Jan 23, 2012 2:20 PM

    It’s fine to feel bad for him, but the took his right hand off the ball too early. There wasn’t a herculean effort to knock the ball out…good play, but the catch should have been made.

  29. govtminion says: Jan 23, 2012 2:20 PM

    I must be one of the few people who thought it was more of a good defensive play than a crappy catch. I don’t blame Evans on this- I think he did his job, and Moore did his even better. Blaming Evans on this seems wrong.

  30. CKL says: Jan 23, 2012 2:32 PM

    Random comment: Sterling Moore was born in 1990. I have socks older than he is! Very mature and heady for a rookie.

  31. vikingdoode says: Jan 23, 2012 2:37 PM

    Shoulda threw to Boldin

  32. flaccodelic says: Jan 23, 2012 2:44 PM

    rexismybff says: Jan 23, 2012 2:09 PM

    If the guy only catches 4 balls all year, why is he even on the field for the most important play of the season? Didn’t they have anyone without all the rust to run that route?

    Typical Ravens. This is why disciplined organizations like the Steelers beat them most years – not because of superior talent, but because the Steelers have a logical plan with respect to personnel and coaching, and they have an excellent coaching staff that sticks to the plan.

    It could be argued pretty convincingly that the Steelers refusal to bench the injured Rothlisberger led directly to their embarrassing performance against the Broncos. A logical plan might have been to use your backups UNTIL your starters are healthy.

  33. indianheadmeatpackingcompany says: Jan 23, 2012 2:45 PM

    MN will talk him out of retirement. An old WR that’s always injured and has minimal production, are you serious? That’s what MN looks for in Free Agency!

  34. deadeye says: Jan 23, 2012 2:47 PM

    For the sake of his own health, Evans should never even go back to Baltimore.

  35. jolink653 says: Jan 23, 2012 2:54 PM

    Stop trashing this guy he had the ball and sterling moore just made the great play in punching it out…any of you know what it’s like to be trying to make the catch with someone jamming their fist into the ball when it’s in your hands? the point is it shouldn’t have had to come down to that play or the cundiff field goal if the ravens really were the better team yesterday then they would have won and to blame it on one or two people is just stupid

  36. browntown57 says: Jan 23, 2012 2:59 PM

    buffalomafia says:
    Jan 23, 2012 2:15 PM
    I thought he held onto the ball long enough before it was knocked out?

    Im no Ravens fan but how come players dive over goal line or pile on then drop ball quickly & thst counts as a TD?

    Because a ball carrier already has possession of the ball, so the instant he breaks the goal line, it’s a touchdown.

    A receiver must gain possession, which by the rules, Evans did not.

  37. leksington says: Jan 23, 2012 3:02 PM

    “Im no Ravens fan but how come players dive over goal line or pile on then drop ball quickly & thst counts as a TD?”

    ——————————————————-

    The claim is that Lee Evans didn’t get both feet down before he lost it, so he never had possession of it (unlike someone who clearly has possession and then dives in and then loses it).

    The question you are bringing up has more to do with the Calvin Johnson rule about ‘going to ground’ which is unrelated to Lee Evans’ drop.

  38. paulisrollin says: Jan 23, 2012 3:02 PM

    That’s payback for when Gresham wasn’t given the TD against Baltimore that would have won the game. Gresham caught the ball, turned and crossed the plain into the endzone. Then when he fell OUT OF BOUNDS after crossing the line into the end zone, the ball bounced out of his hands when he hit the ground and the refs said it wasn’t a touchdown. Once the ball breaks the plain of the end zone it’s a dead ball just as the announcers said OVER AND OVER again when Tom Brady leaped over the line. Yet it was taken away from the Bengals and Gresham when we played Baltimore. It’s coming back around dirty birds! Quit whining.

  39. j0esixpack says: Jan 23, 2012 3:07 PM

    Sterling Moore made a great play. That’s not an insult to Evans.

    The GIants made some great plays against the Patriots in 2007. Few were ready to lynch Rodney Harrison or the others on the other side of the play… And you certainly don’t see Patriots fans or players crying in their beer as seen with the Raiders, the Rams, the Eagles, the Panthers and now the Ravens.

    The best team that season doesn’t always win … The best team that day does.

  40. steelerfanjo says: Jan 23, 2012 3:08 PM

    The Ravens are the worst example of a group of players in the league. The people they employ and have employed is a disgrace. Bad thingshappen to bad people and bad teams. Tjis was another example. Lewis & Suggs should be banned from the game.

  41. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 23, 2012 3:09 PM

    Virtually every lesson a coach wants to teach his players about football can be found in the video of this game’s 4th quarter.

  42. ravenscaps48 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:11 PM

    Why didn’t Anquan Boldin get that ball?…..

  43. rocketcrab says: Jan 23, 2012 3:12 PM

    The price tag of his contract may be a reason he won’t be back, but the Ravens have never had enough decent wide receivers for any of their quarterbacks to throw to over the years. I’d bring him back at a reduced rate. Tandon Doss is unproven, so to bank on him wouldn’t be very smart.

  44. musicman495 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:12 PM

    Not a fan of either team, but the linemen who could not block Vince Wilfork all day were at LEAST as responsible for this loss as Lee Evans.

  45. chuckyd317 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:17 PM

    Two things…

    1. Why wasn’t it at least reviewed?? Catch or not, it was close enough for a second look…

    2. Why didn’t Balt call a TO before the FG attempt? Kicker obviously wasn’t ready and rushed out to line up… you have a TO, use it.

  46. 8man says: Jan 23, 2012 3:18 PM

    I’d like to think it was a good defensive play. Moore was beat on the ball getting to Evans, but stayed with the play and had the position and poise to knock the ball loose, creating a doubt of credible possession.

    How often do we see defenders get beat on plays like that and stare blankeyed as the play finishes? Just really good follow through by Moore not quitting.

  47. kevpft says: Jan 23, 2012 3:22 PM

    People can say Evans should have held onto the ball better, or dropped to the ground immediately, or whatever.

    The truth is that it was just an outlandish, desperate, flukish play by Moore. In other words, he made a fantastic move at just the right moment, aided by luck as those moments always are, and I would defy any receiver to resist the one-in-a-thousand placement of Moore’s shot.

  48. ravensfan4life52 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:23 PM

    I’m sorry but even with the drop I want him back next year. He had a good game and the DB just made a good play. It would be stupid if he got cut. It would make sense if Cundiff gets cut.

  49. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:28 PM

    “Evans is taking a lot of blame for the play, but we give Patriots cornerback Sterling Moore most of the credit”

    In general I’ve seen a lot of posts acting like everything bad that happened to the Ravens was just bad luck and had nothing to do with how hard the Pats were playing.

    On the final field goal attempt part of the reason why it was shanked is because Wilfork and company had a tremendous push up the middle and may well have had a chance of blocking it had Cundiff gone for the straight ahead shot.

    Moore made a couple great plays against the Ravens as did most of the defensive players. Moore in particular the last few games has emerged as someone that has made critical pass defenses and other plays at critical times.

  50. mobuccsfan says: Jan 23, 2012 3:28 PM

    If he is cut, I sure hope Tampa would take a flier on him at a vet minimum for a one-year contract of course, because of his history of injuries. He still wouldn’t be the number one but would give them a great number two (if healthy) that would automatically improve the offense. I think Tampa needs to trade up some way or another and land Blackmon or Jeffrey as the no. 1. The Glaziers need to quit being cheap and lure some top-notch talent on defense to Tampa.

    As far as above poster, yes Cundiff probably is for sure gone. I can agree with Moore making the play, lucky or not, it happened and it’s over. I couldn’t see them giving up on Evans yet. Restructuring contract, sure, but not cutting him.

  51. rarson says: Jan 23, 2012 3:29 PM

    In my opinion, Evans dropped the ball in the sense that he let the defender easily knock it out of his hands. It was a great defensive move, no doubt, but it shouldn’t have been hard with that throw and that catch and the angle that they were to each other for Lee to simply lock down the football and win the game. It seemed like by the time the ball came to his hands, he had already started celebrating in his head or something and wasn’t paying attention.

    On the issue of the replay, I don’t really think that was a catch. Even if they had reviewed it, I doubt they would’ve had any evidence to overturn the ruling on the field. However, what DOES kind of steam me is the fact that the review never even happened. Not only is that a shot to have a call reversed, but more importantly it’s an opportunity to assess the situation and determine your next move. And most important, of all, is the fact that it was a questionable play with under 2 minutes to go, the very definition of a play that should be reviewed by the booth, and yet the replay system STILL failed us. The inconsistency of the NFL is ridiculous.

    Lee Evans brought a lot of promise to Baltimore, but played like a bum for the most part. Even when he finally got healthy, he was dropping easy passes. I don’t blame the guy for getting injured, but I do blame him for not making up for it once he did start to play. He deserves to be cut. I’m sure someone else will pick him up and maybe even have success with him.

  52. EJ says: Jan 23, 2012 3:29 PM

    I do feel bad for Evans. He spent years up in Buffalo with terrible Quarterbacks (-minus-his buddy JP Losman) and no big games, he finally gets to an important one and he can’t come down with it. He was a fan favorite in Buffalo, always kept his nose clean and played hard regardless of his situation. He is a good guy. Deserved to make that catch.

    Anyway, Gailey and Nix look pretty good for trading him when they did. That 4th round pick looks decent now. Sorry Lee.

  53. cliverush says: Jan 23, 2012 3:40 PM

    The League stated today that the replay official did review the play and concluded that the call on the field was correct. Question to those who disagree; Would you have wanted the catch to be called complete, and therefore a TD, if it was a Patriot’s offensive play?

  54. lolb23 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:41 PM

    WHY??? He caught it that was a TD!!! (I know because Ravens fans told me so).

    If it was a catch why would they let him go??

    Oh that’s right, wasn’t a TD.

  55. lolb23 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:43 PM

    Two things…

    1. Why wasn’t it at least reviewed?? Catch or not, it was close enough for a second look…

    2. Why didn’t Balt call a TO before the FG attempt? Kicker obviously wasn’t ready and rushed out to line up… you have a TO, use it.

    __________________________________

    1. because non-catches don’t get reviewed

    2. because Harbaugh isn’t as smart as everyone thought he was.

  56. golonger says: Jan 23, 2012 3:45 PM

    cliverush – if that exact play had been Brady to Welker, it would have been called a TD on the field and sent upstairs for review……and probably confirmed.

  57. golonger says: Jan 23, 2012 3:49 PM

    Cameron – Bye
    Evans – Bye
    Cundiff – Bye
    Dickson – Bye (can’t catch a cold)
    R. Williams – Bye
    Oher (Mr. at least 1 false start a game) – Bye
    …and pretty soon…if he keeps making the same dunder-headed blunders
    Jon harbaugh – Bye!!!!

  58. footballfan80 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:52 PM

    Not sure the writer of this article watched the same play everyone else did. More a good play by the defender than a bad play by Evans? Is he serious? You can see clearly on any replay Evans catching the ball, taking a step and then just completely relaxing and loosening his grip on the ball. He simply quit then and assumed the playwas over. After all, he signaled to the ref TD right after it was stripped out.

  59. footballfan80 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:54 PM

    lolb23:

    Look up the rules buddy. Who ever said non catches dont get reviewed? All scoring plays get reviewed, but even in the non catch situation like yesterday it absolutely should have been reviewed since it was in the last two minutes of the half.

  60. jacunn2000 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:55 PM

    I am not a Raven fan, but that sure looked like a catch. Oh well.

  61. bray72 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:56 PM

    @steelerfanjo
    Jan 23, 2012 3:08 PM
    The Ravens are the worst example of a group of players in the league. The people they employ and have employed is a disgrace. Bad thingshappen to bad people and bad teams. Tjis was another example. Lewis & Suggs should be banned from the game.
    ___________________________

    What an insightful and intelligent statement – and well supported also – NOT!!

    Guys like you give us respectable Steeler fans a bad name.
    The Ravens are a solid and respectable team. Much mere respectable than you have shown yourself to be. Just shut up and crawl back under your rock!

  62. footballfan80 says: Jan 23, 2012 3:58 PM

    mrizzo44:

    We moved on from trashing Buffalo for letting Evans go. We now trash them for jumping the gun on Fitzpatrick and giving him a big contract when worse case scenario they could have let the season play out, and even if he continued to play well the maximum they would have ever to pay him is what they ended up paying him. And we all know what happened after that with Fizpatrick showing the rest of the season why he has been a backup in the league for his entire career before this season.

  63. st1llerz1 says: Jan 23, 2012 4:01 PM

    While I don’t really think this “drop” was in any way Lee Evans fault, it’s a thing of beauty that this diva dropped a ball that would have sent the crows to the Super Bowl.

    I just wish we could go back to the comments that came from the fans of the crows when they “fleeced” Buffalo for this stud burner for a lowly 4th round draft choice before the season.

    “The genius that is Ozzie Newsome pulls off another great trade!”
    “In Ozzie we trust!”
    “The final piece to the Super Bowl puzzle!”

    Keep those Gatorade showers coming for regular season Super Bowls. The Steelers will keep striving for the one held at the end of the season.

    Better luck next decade crows!

    GO STEELERS!

  64. rek111 says: Jan 23, 2012 4:06 PM

    Remember Jackie Smith 78 Cowboys?

  65. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 23, 2012 4:11 PM

    “Im no Ravens fan but how come players dive over goal line or pile on then drop ball quickly & thst counts as a TD?”

    Believe when you’re running into the end zone all you have to do is break the plane and its an immediate TD.

    When a receiver is already in the end zone and a pass is delivered to him he has to meet the normal criteria for a completed pass to get the TD.

    Ie; Catch- foot one down – drop/strip – other foot down is not a completion.

  66. lolb23 says: Jan 23, 2012 4:13 PM

    Look up the rules buddy. Who ever said non catches dont get reviewed? All scoring plays get reviewed, but even in the non catch situation like yesterday it absolutely should have been reviewed since it was in the last two minutes of the half.

    ________________________________

    no reason to review a dropped ball. Wasn’t called a score because he dropped it. Maybe you need to look up the rules.

  67. brownsclown says: Jan 23, 2012 4:30 PM

    Oz can bank the three mil and sign Braylon ‘hands of stone’ Edwards for the .27.

    But Oz would never do that; he’s way too good of a GM!

  68. gtisme says: Jan 23, 2012 4:42 PM

    Meh, if he still has the speed and I think he does, we should keep him another year. He and Torrey will still be potent next year assuming Evans stays healthy.

    He should have held the ball but the comparison to Housh is flat wrong, Housh was obviously over the hill. Evans was just injured.

    Cundiff is done though.

  69. occamssabre says: Jan 23, 2012 4:59 PM

    st1llerz1 says: Jan 23, 2012 4:01 PM

    While I don’t really think this “drop” was in any way Lee Evans fault, it’s a thing of beauty that this diva dropped a ball that would have sent the crows to the Super Bowl.

    I just wish we could go back to the comments that came from the fans of the crows when they “fleeced” Buffalo for this stud burner for a lowly 4th round draft choice before the season.

    “The genius that is Ozzie Newsome pulls off another great trade!”
    “In Ozzie we trust!”
    “The final piece to the Super Bowl puzzle!”

    Keep those Gatorade showers coming for regular season Super Bowls. The Steelers will keep striving for the one held at the end of the season.

    Better luck next decade crows!

    GO STEELERS!

    What tripe!

    Can you say $30 million over the salary cap? Repeat after me: $30 Million over!! Good luck fighting for 3rd-place in the North next year!

  70. ampatsisahypocrite says: Jan 23, 2012 5:34 PM

    Unfortunately for the Ravens, Flacco won’t be joining Evans.

  71. sammievee says: Jan 23, 2012 5:42 PM

    No excuse for not squeezing the daylights out of such a meaningful catch. Imo, that slight bit of laziness prevented Baltimore from the Super Bowl.

    The above stated, he is a gifted wide receiver who was injured all year. If Ravens wish to keep him and he desires to stay it will be quite easy to rework the contract to one that is more incentive based and relates to production (which means his staying healthy).

  72. inallsincerity says: Jan 23, 2012 5:44 PM

    First & foremost, I salute Lee Evans for owning up to allowing the ball to get punched out. Gotta give him credit for that. Secondly, if you wanted to point the finger, it easily can be in the direction of Billy Cundiff. He missed to what amounts to a routine FG, a 32-yarder in dry weather. However, let’s not forget Low Joe Flacco! How does he not run for the 1st-down on that 3rd and 2 yards before the FG attempt? They still had a time-out and the Ravens would have at least one, maybe two more shots at the end zone with 15 seconds left. The INT he threw wasn’t a factor because his defense bailed him out…AGAIN!!! He has made strides, but I just can’t see him taking the next step. That defense is getting older and how many more plays can they make for him? I know some of you will defend him and blame Lee, but why did he throw to him in the first place. As a QB, you have to know who your playmakers are, especially in crunch time. Evans caught four balls all year and four more during the playoffs and Low Joe targeted him with the game on the line? You’ve got to be kidding me??? You have to go to your money guys when its money time. Tom Brady knows this, ask Jabar Gaffney if you don’t believe it.

  73. footballfan80 says: Jan 23, 2012 5:54 PM

    lolb23 :
    There was great reason to review. There has been much debate by fans, and confirmed by Mike Perreira that it needed to be reviewed because it is debatable that it should have been a catch since he caught the ball, took two steps and then got it stripped. It should have been at least lookeded at considering how close it was to being ruled a catch.

    You can argue all you want, but the NFL actually confirmed and claimed they did actually review it and confirmed the call was correct. Who knows if they are being honest, it would look a lot worse if they admitted they didnt even look at it again. So the call was reviewed by the NFL, so you are wrong.

  74. melikefootball says: Jan 23, 2012 6:10 PM

    Looks like the Ravens are looking for the person to point the finger to. Maybe Harbaugh should be on his way.

  75. unomasmore says: Jan 23, 2012 6:13 PM

    Sign Dwayne Bowe.

  76. samoanjungle says: Jan 23, 2012 6:19 PM

    Why aren’t people on Flacco? The long pass to a wide open Smith should have been an easy TD. Instead they got a FG. That would have won the game and no Patriot was within 10 yards of Flacco. He threw while on the run for some reason. He had plenty of time to set and throw. Smith could have walked in but instead had to come back and slide for the ball.
    This game shouldn’t have come down to the FG or Evans.

  77. djamesbart says: Jan 23, 2012 7:05 PM

    I’m truly stunned that this is even remotely considered a drop. Evans was preparing for a routine catch when it was perfectly knocked away.

    It is not always about what someone did wrong. The other guys want to win too.

  78. nesuperfan says: Jan 23, 2012 7:08 PM

    lolb23 says:Jan 23, 2012 3:43 PM

    Two things…

    1. Why wasn’t it at least reviewed?? Catch or not, it was close enough for a second look…

    2. Why didn’t Balt call a TO before the FG attempt? Kicker obviously wasn’t ready and rushed out to line up… you have a TO, use it.

    __________________________________

    1. because non-catches don’t get reviewed
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    That is incorrect. A non-catch vs. a TD (automatic review) does not get reviewed for most of the game, when the coach would have to throw the red flag to get a review. Under two minutes, any reviewable play, that seems close, should automatically get a booth review, but it didn’t this case, and that was a technical mistake in the Pats fan’s eyes.

    As most analysts have said, it clearly would not have been overturned, so thankfully, no one was ultimately s-c-r-e-w-e-d by a bad call, but the booth should have reviewed it because at the time, they really could not be 100% sure that they got the call right on the field.

  79. bcgreg says: Jan 23, 2012 7:17 PM

    Ravens fans,

    It was not a catch. Why? Because before the 2nd foot hit the ground, Moore contacted Evans. Because this happened, Evans must “complete the process” of the catch even after his 2nd foot touches the ground. Meaning Evans must show control of the ball through the contact, which he did not do. Incomplete pass.

    It is no longer a question of “did he have 2 feet on the ground”. That definition has been absent in the NFL for about 10+ years. You have to “complete the process” for it to be a catch.

    Sorry. Was channeling my inner Hochuli on the explanation there.

  80. rocketcrab says: Jan 23, 2012 8:58 PM

    Jan 23, 2012 5:34 PM
    Unfortunately for the Ravens, Flacco won’t be joining Evans
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    Absolutely, positively, by far the dumbest thing I’ve read in years. How’s that third grade education working out for ya?

  81. rollore says: Jan 24, 2012 10:21 PM

    Well, a Raven is (in biblical terms) a cursed bird. Their lone SB win came off the cusp of a certain LB evading murder charges…Makes you wonder what kind of deal was made for that particular guy who probably prayed for a SB win that season……#creepy

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