The reason why Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff was rushing onto the field before he missed the last-second game-tying field goal was confusion on the sideline, linebacker Terrell Suggs said on ESPN’s first take.
The Ravens thought it was third down– not fourth down– which forced Cundiff to run from one of the end field to the other. He then shanked a 32-yard field goal that would have tied the game with 11 ticks remaining in the AFC Championship Game.
“There was a lot of confusion on that last play,” Suggs said, via ESPN.com. “Those last two plays happened so fast.”
It all started when wide receiver Anquan Boldin caught a first-down pass and stumbled to the New England 14-yard line before fumbling the ball, which rolled forward and out at the Patriots’ 10. Baltimore thought the ball was spotted where it went out of bounds, which would have netted them a first down. But the ball was spotted at the New England 14, giving the Ravens a second-and-one.
Quarterback Joe Flacco proceeded to throw two incompletions (one was knocked out of Lee Evans’ hands in the end zone) and that’s when many of the Ravens’ players thought it was third down as opposed to fourth down.
Suggs would then watch in disbelief as Cundiff hooked the kick wide left.
“As soon as Billy kicked it, it didn’t feel good,” Suggs said. “I was just, like, ‘Oh my God, that’s a lot left. Hopefully, it’s going to curve back and get one of those kicker curves.’ But it didn’t and they celebrated.”