By Matt Vensel
The Baltimore Sun
4:45 PM EST, January 23, 2012
In a Monday morning appearance on ESPN, Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs revealed that there was miscommunication on the sideline before Billy Cundiff missed a game-tying field goal attempt in the closing seconds of Sunday's 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC championship game.
According to Suggs, some players thought the Ravens had picked up a first down when Anquan Boldin fumbled out of bounds after a nine-yard reception on first down. But the fumble was correctly spotted at the New England 14-yard line.
Suggs said there was a discrepancy between the scoreboard at Gillette Stadium and what the officials were saying about what the down and distance was after Boldin’s fumble. The Ravens took shots at the end zone on 2nd-and-1 and 3rd-and-1 before bringing out Cundiff for a 32-yard field goal attempt.
Cundiff was late getting on the field before the kick and holder Sam Koch admitted the play felt a little rushed.
“There was just a lot of confusion on that last play,” Suggs said. “Those last two plays, it happened so fast.”
As was the case at the podium after Sunday’s loss, Cundiff on Monday pointed the finger at himself alone.
“These kind of situations, they don’t define a person, but it’s a response, in my opinion, that defines somebody,” he said. “So I can either go ahead and roll over, or I can pick myself back up knowing that it’s going to sting, but I am going to get back to work and prepare for next year.”
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