It looked liked the AFC Championship game was about to go into Overtime. A thrilling back and forth contest with a few lead changes late that appeared headed into a final chapter in the extra session.
It was not to be.
Billy Cundiff shanked a 32-yd Field Goal attempt with 11 seconds left to allow the New England Patriots to escape with a 23-20 victory.
For the Patriots it would be their fifth AFC championship in eleven season and for the Ravens it would be the second time in for years where they couldn’t close the deal in the waning minutes.
Quarterback Joe Flacco, who was the focus of criticism from all sides this week delivered a very good game throwing for over 300 yards and two touchdowns. Two plays before the fatal miss by Cundiff, Flacco appeared to hit Lee Evans for what would have been game winning touchdown but the ball was dislodged at the last second by Patriot corner Sterling Moore.
The Ravens defense did a fairly good job on Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady who threw for 239 and two interceptions. Brady did sneak into the endzone early in the Fourth Quarter to give New England the lead for good at 23-20.