Billy Cundiff can now give Lin Elliott and Scott Norwood a call. Baltimore got it inside the 20 with less than 20 seconds left, with a chance to win it, trailing 23-20. Lee Evans had a game winning touchdown knocked out of his hands by Sterling Moore just two plays earlier, then Cundiff yanked a 32 yard kick that would have sent the game to overtime.
Joe Flacco played well, again in defeat showing the folly of playoff QB wins, going against the Patriots vulnerable pass defense. After a 10-3 New England start, Baltimore responded with a lengthy drive, and at halftime the score was 13-10. Baltimore took a 17-16 lead on a Torrey Smith catch and run down the sideline, then extended it to 20-16 following a Julian Edelman fumble at the start of the fourth quarter.
New England answered with a drive resulting in a Tom Brady touchdown dive on fourth down to take the lead at 23-20. Flacco threw an interception on the next drive, but Baltimore’s defense held New England without a first down that would have ended the game, setting up the last chance inside the two minute warning. Joe Flacco moved the Ravens down the field by targeting Anquan Boldin, who was being covered by Julian Edelman. Then, Billy Cundiff joined NFL playoff history, and the Patriots are moving on to their fifth Super Bowl with Bill Belicheck as coach.
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