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Cundiff pleasantly surprised by reaction to missed field goal

Baltimore Ravens kicker Cundiff looks on as he misses a field goal late in the fourth quarter of his team's loss to the New England Patriots the NFL's AFC Championship football game in Foxborough Reuters

The goat in the NFC Championship Game, 49ers return man Kyle Williams, received death threats. But the goat in the AFC Championship Game, Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff, says people have been surprisingly supportive.

It’s been impressive,” Cundiff said at his alma mater, Drake University, in comments recorded by the Des Moines Register. “I expected more backlash.”

Cundiff said his teammates have had his back and told him that no NFL game is decided by any one player.

“I’ve had a lot of guys that kept telling me, ‘Look, I’ve made mistakes.’ Obviously, everyone sees my mistakes,” he said. “That’s just the way it goes.”

It’s easy to single out a scapegoat after a tough loss. But the Ravens have refrained from singling out Cundiff.

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37 Responses to “Cundiff pleasantly surprised by reaction to missed field goal”
  1. ozierdisaster3335 says: Feb 13, 2012 8:37 AM

    If I were him id still have to be embarrassed of missing that field goal

  2. raven410 says: Feb 13, 2012 8:39 AM

    You can pay for school but you can’t buy class…The Ravens players and organization have shown class following the most devastating defeat in franchise history..other teams should take note.

  3. raven410 says: Feb 13, 2012 8:40 AM

    Oh..and some Ravens fans.

  4. mjbulls45 says: Feb 13, 2012 8:43 AM

    u cost a team a trip to the SB.

  5. lolb23 says: Feb 13, 2012 8:46 AM

    Ray Lewis said the same thing after he killed that guy.

  6. notmanning says: Feb 13, 2012 8:47 AM

    This is because they have already buried Lee Evans. This guy is your goat.

  7. melikefootball says: Feb 13, 2012 8:58 AM

    Hairbaugh is the one you should blame…TIME OUT!!!!

  8. edgarcaetano says: Feb 13, 2012 9:04 AM

    i still think the Ravens should be considering an alternative… i’ll bet Billy Cundiff does better in practice than Shayne Graham or others, that’s why he’s got the job. but we’ve seen he is quite prone to buckling under pressure..how about using a 3rd round draft pick on a kicker?…

  9. birdsofbmore says: Feb 13, 2012 9:05 AM

    cundiff is einhorn, cundiff is einhorn

  10. brutus3413 says: Feb 13, 2012 9:05 AM

    Hardly the most devastating loss for the Ravens organization in the playoffs.

    How about the Red Right 88 call against the Raiders in the early 80’s when all they needed was a FG?…or “The Drive” against John Elway in 1986?…or when the Broncos kicker, in that same game, allegedly missed the winning kick but had it counted?…or when Byner lost the ball just before strolling across the goal line the following year? THOSE were devastating Ravens losses. ; )

  11. letsgolos says: Feb 13, 2012 9:14 AM

    mjbulls45 says:
    Feb 13, 2012 8:43 AM
    u cost a team a trip to the SB.

    —–

    No. He cost his team a shot at overtime. And, the point remains: He isn’t the only one at fault. The team as a whole didn’t come through. But they’ll be back.

  12. johntonioholmes says: Feb 13, 2012 9:17 AM

    Ike Taylor and Billy Cundiff both had bad playoff games and the fans did the classy thing by NOT sending death threats.

    Mistakes happen and smart fans know it. If it keeps happening, then obviously the guy has to get cut or lose his starting position.

    But one play shouldn’t decide that.

  13. haileli says: Feb 13, 2012 9:21 AM

    Finally, a team and fan base with some perspective. Cundiff should have absolutely made that kick. That’s why you get paid the big bucks. But Evans had the Super Bowl literally ripped out of his hands by a practice squad scrub seconds earlier. The clock was horribly mismanaged by the coaching staff. Flacco threw an ugly pick towards the end of the 4th quarter. There was plenty of blame to go around. Everyone in the locker room knows it, and it is good to see that some fans do, too.

  14. CKL says: Feb 13, 2012 9:23 AM

    I’m a Pats fan and was very impressed with the way the Ravens players handled that game afterwards. Good job. Even the Ravens fans who came to the Pats board I go to were terrific.

    Glad no one is harassing the PK either. One of the most irritating things people can do is to blame a loss or credit a win to SOLELY one player or play. That’s just not reality and never will be in a team sport that has 60 minutes to play like football.

  15. edgarpoe2 says: Feb 13, 2012 9:25 AM

    When it happened I was shocked and stunned. I turned of the TV in disbelief.

    However, anybody who ever played the game knows that sometimes things happen that defy logic. Cundiff makes that kick 99% of the time. It was just unfortunate the missed FG happened when it did.

    I am sure he feels bad enough for the miss. There is no reason to pile it on. In the end, it’s only a game. He most-likely will get the opportunity to redeem himself next season.

  16. edgarpoe2 says: Feb 13, 2012 9:25 AM

    When it happened I was shocked and stunned. I turned of the TV in disbelief.

    However, anybody who ever played the game knows that sometimes things happen that defy logic. Cundiff makes that kick 99% of the time. It was just unfortunate the missed FG happened when it did.

    I am sure he feels bad enough for the miss. There is no reason to pile it on. In the end, it’s only a game. He most-likely will get the opportunity to redeem himself next season.

  17. duanethomas says: Feb 13, 2012 9:26 AM

    Why throw the guy under the bus, when you win or lose as a team. That being said I don’t see him or Evans being on next years roster. They have to improve in those areas with new guys. What kicker has missed a big kick like that a had longveity with the same team? None. The team moves on……….

  18. rexismybff says: Feb 13, 2012 9:28 AM

    Don’t worry Harbaugh – it only took Cowher 11 more years after his big 1994 AFC championship game last-second screwup at the goal line to actually win a Super Bowl.

    You’ll be the 2023 Super Bowl winning coach! Book it!

  19. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 13, 2012 9:33 AM

    If there was no Lee Evans drop, Cundiff would be taking a lot more heat……….But it’s true, they had multiple opportunities to win, but it’s always the last one that sticks in everyone’s mind……….Like the Welker drop in the Super Bowl- If Brady hits Branch accurately, the Welker drop never happens. There’s a zillion of those every week.

  20. trueski21 says: Feb 13, 2012 9:47 AM

    Eli Manning would have made that kick

  21. napoleonblownapart6887 says: Feb 13, 2012 9:48 AM

    I definitely understand the idea behind, “no one player loses the game.” If Lee Evans makes that catch… If John Harbuagh calls that time out… If one of the other receivers makes a play to extend one of Baltimore’s other drives….

    But with that said, Cundiff had the ball on his foot to send them to the Super Bowl and he shanked it. Lee Evans had the ball in his hands to send them to the Super Bowl and he couldn’t hang on. While there maybe a host of reasons that the Ravens didn’t win the game, those are the reasons they lost it.

  22. reachmylevel says: Feb 13, 2012 9:55 AM

    ozierdisaster3335 says:
    Feb 13, 2012 8:37 AM
    If I were him id still have to be embarrassed of missing that field goal

    Really, and how would you know? No offense, but how many field goals have you attempted in the waning seconds of an AFC championship game? Is it just not too easy to say something like that from behind your computer screen? Just saying!

  23. rxrider2000 says: Feb 13, 2012 9:58 AM

    That loss is not on his head. Even if he makes the field goal it just puts the game into OT. There were no guarantees that the Ravens would have won from there.

  24. notmanning says: Feb 13, 2012 10:33 AM

    So funny how everyone keep talking about the Welker drop…but nary a word is said about the drop by Lee Evans. Two hands wrapped around the ball, and he can’t finish the play. Much more egregious than the Welker drop.

  25. Stiller43 says: Feb 13, 2012 10:41 AM

    He obviously didnt see the youtube video of himself… Go there and search for “ray finkle billy cundiff”

  26. bigbluefan1 says: Feb 13, 2012 10:55 AM

    Wow who would have guessed that ravens fans have more class then Niners fans?

    No death threats to Billy gald to see the folks in the northeast understand team and that it is just a game.

    As a Giants fan I am happy he missed as I did not want to see the Raven’s in SB I was sure that the Giants would be able to beat the pats not sure about the Ravens

    If Bill B is the greatest coach then what is Tom C?

  27. mathsimillion says: Feb 13, 2012 11:06 AM

    You should probably send Lee Evans a thank you card then.

  28. dirtdawg55 says: Feb 13, 2012 12:00 PM

    I was quite happy he missed that field goal actually. But I am a Steelers fan. ;)

  29. suhnum1fan says: Feb 13, 2012 12:00 PM

    Watch out for Ray Lewis…if you know what i mean

  30. cbass59 says: Feb 13, 2012 12:16 PM

    Cundiff bounced around the NFL, spending four seasons with Dallas and one with New Orleans before finding himself out of the game in 2007.

    But Cleveland lured him back to the game in 2009, and he finally found a permanent home when Baltimore signed him in November 2009 after the Browns waived him.
    __________________________________

    Anyone else find it funny that if it wasn’t for Cleveland, someone else would be kicking for Balt? I do.

  31. jpb12 says: Feb 13, 2012 12:42 PM

    OMG. 32 yards

    Nit only did he miss it – he missed the net. Kicked it into the crowd.

    That’s Van de Velde

  32. pixelito says: Feb 13, 2012 1:02 PM

    Why shouldn’t they be nice? A 1-1 Superbowl record just doesn’t look good.

  33. yardape74 says: Feb 13, 2012 1:18 PM

    I bet the Ravens will have another place kicker by opening day.

  34. descendency says: Feb 13, 2012 1:53 PM

    I wouldn’t be any more embarrassed than Lee Evans is for dropping a game winning TD to a CB whom fewer than 1000 people knew his name.

  35. yevrag3535 says: Feb 13, 2012 2:19 PM

    Surprized that is sucks! You are a loser, you have 1 thing to do in life and you did not do it. LOSER !!!!!!!!

  36. ravensalldayeveryday says: Feb 13, 2012 2:34 PM

    There’s no play book for kicking! Cundiff blew it big time!

  37. momentumtech says: Feb 13, 2012 7:30 PM

    That says a lot for the people of Maryland. I have visited there many times and have always enjoyed rapport with the local sports fans. Once you get outside of DC the people are extremely nice and cordial. You know as opposed to the Boston and Philly sports fans.

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