Posted by Michael David Smith on January 22, 2012, 6:12 PM EST
The New England Patriots are heading to the Super Bowl, and Billy Cundiff’s name will live in infamy in Baltimore.
In a hard-fought slugfest in New England, it was the Patriots who came out on top, 23-20, after Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal that could have sent the game into overtime with 11 seconds remaining. The snap was a little off on the play, but the hold was good. Cundiff just missed it.
Tom Brady did not have a particularly good game, completing 22 of 36 passes for 239 yards, with no touchdowns and two interceptions. But that was enough for him to get his 16th playoff win and a trip to Indianapolis and a shot at his fourth Super Bowl ring.
“I sucked pretty bad today, but our defense saved us,” Brady said at the postgame ceremony. “I’m going to try to go out and do a better job in a couple weeks but I’m proud of this team and my teammates.”
For the Patriots, it was a great defensive effort, particularly from defensive tackleVince Wilfork, who had a monster game.
And for the Ravens, it will be an offseason in which they wonder what might have been if Cundiff had made that kick.