Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff, who Sunday afternoon missed a potential game-tying 31 yard field goal in the last minute of the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots, told reporters that he felt he had let his teammates down, especially Ray Lewis.
“There was a lot of encouragement,” Cundiff said, according to the Boston Herald. “I feel like this team is a team that – when you first arrive, it’s a tough group to get into because obviously you have to earn respect. And to earn respect on this team, you play well. I felt like up to this point, I really have given these guys a lot of reason to believe in me and that things would come through. So, I think if anything, the disappointment is letting my teammates down. This is a team game. You know that Ray (Lewis) has poured his heart out, and he’s had a long career, and you don’t know how many years he has left, and to let him down is pretty tough.”
During the regular season, Cundiff made 10 of 12 kicks from a similar distance. In the same drive before Cundiff missed the game-tying 31 yard field goal, wide receiver Lee Evans dropped what could have been a game-winning touchdown. Before the heartbreaking AFC Championship loss to the Patriots, the Ravens finished the regular season at 12-4, earning them a playoff berth for their fourth consecutive time. Ray Lewis announced following yesterday’s loss that he will postpone his retirement once again and remain on the team next year.