It could have been the Baltimore Ravens representing the AFC in Super Bowl XLVI last week, and not the New England Patriots -- if not for a shanked field-goal attempt off the foot of Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff in the final seconds of the AFC title game.
Cundiff walked away expecting abuse for his crucial mistake -- but he told the Associated Press today that he's actually been pleasantly surprised with the support he's gotten from his Ravens teammates.
"It's been impressive. I expected a lot more backlash," Cundiff said. "I had a lot of guys that kept telling me, 'Look, I've made mistakes.' Obviously, everyone sees my mistakes. That's just the way it goes."
Cundiff, a 10-year NFL veteran who earned his first Pro Bowl selection 2010, missed a 32-yarder that would have tied the AFC Championship Game, 23-23, in the final seconds. It was only his 10th miss all year -- Cundiff went 28-of-37 during the regular season.