Following the Baltimore Ravens” 23-20 defeat to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game, wide receiver Lee Evans was still in his football pants and cleats, awaiting the inevitable rush from reporters.
As the number of reporters waiting to interview him increased, the wide receiver promptly shouldered the blame for failing to hold on to what appeared to be the go-ahead, game-winning touchdown pass with just seconds remaining in New England.
“There’s really not a whole lot to say about it,” Evans said, via . “It is what you saw. It was an opportunity for us to go to the Super Bowl, and I let it go.”
Evans, acquired in the preseason from the Buffalo Bills, suffered his least productive season as pro, but appeared to be the man of the hour when quarterback Joe Flacco lofted a pass toward Evans in the right side of the end zone from the New England 14-yard line.
But as Evans tried bringing the ball in with his left arm against his abdomen, rookie cornerback Sterling Moore slapped at it and was able to free the ball from Evans” grip.
“It wasn’t in my mind to slap the ball out,” . “It was just a split-second decision, and I’m glad it worked out. We do that drill every day in practice, but it was the first time I had to use it in a game, and I just took what I learned from practice into the game.”