[News] Ravens Never Lost Super Bowl Belief
Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:01 AM
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It was a year ago this past weekend that the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots played the AFC Championship game in Foxboro, MA. In that game, the Ravens went from winning, to tying, to losing the game - in a matter of about a minute and a half "real time," on a dropped pass and a shanked 32-yard field goal.
The game wasn't supposed to end that way after the Ravens mounted a great final drive, and even when Lee Evans dropped the TD pass, we "knew" the game was going to overtime in a minute or so. Didn't happen. Cundiff missed the chip shot. The Ravens' destiny was altered by "life happens."
I remember sitting on the floor with my back perched against the sofa in my Man-Cave uttering to myself in a low tone "What the hell just happened?"
All year, every time the subject was broached, it was painful. The Ravens were supposed to win the game. They were supposed to be in the Super Bowl. You wanted to say "Hey, that's not how it was supposed to go." But you can't. There are no do-overs in sports. It was done. Deal with it. Live with it.
So here I was this past weekend, in the same "Man-Cave," getting ready to watch the AFC Championship between the Ravens and the Patriots in Foxboro, MA. And, this weird, crazy feeling hit me. "Wow, it feels like it was yesterday we missed that field goal...and here we are right back where we were a year ago to do it again." It was crazy.
It was surreal.
Also a year ago, the San Francisco 49'ers were dealing with their own issues that altered destiny. Twice, in the same game, their kick returner let a ball graze his leg and roll by him, resulting in the Giants getting control of the ball. One of which was in field goal range in overtime, and resulted in the winning Giant's field goal. I'm thinking 49'ers fans felt the same as us. How does that happen twice in an NFC Championship game?
We won the game this year. We dominated the game. The Ravens wanted this game.
Now, after this weekend, the Ravens and the 49'ers are playing in the Super Bowl. The game that was somehow taken from us (and the 49'ers) has been given back. The Ravens and 49'ers should have been in the Super Bowl last year. It's a year late, but all is well in the universe again. Time has corrected itself. Normality has returned. It will no longer be "painful" to watch or hear about last year's game.
It was a mistake.
and... We were given a do-over.
Now, we're moving on to the game we were expecting to be in a year ago.
It's gonna be a great game.
Edited by The Mom Gene, 24 January 2013 - 11:35 AM.
Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:40 AM
1) Ravens never beat Manning in the postseason (Although Manning is like 0-9 when the temperature's below 30...).
2) Perfect Patriots never lose at home in the AFC Championship.
3) Belichick and Brady never lose at home when leading at the half.
The Niners are 5-0 in the Super Bowl. One more trend for the Ravens to tarnish!
Posted 24 January 2013 - 11:47 AM
Went to the archive and found the article "Is Super Bowl Still Within Reach"?
Check out your own posts here, to remind yourself what you were thinking and saying that that time. Actually, when I looked at them, I found things were more positive than I expected. The earliest of posts to this article were the most harsh (in immediate reaction to our performance v. DEN). But as time wore on, people began to see things more positively. The one thing that was for sure ... it all rested on our game v. NYG. If we showed then what the team was really about, they, why not believe?
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Something Ignighted a Fire and the Team took off. Ed, Suggs, Birk, Boldin, Big Mac, Williams, and Ray, and the host of other Veterans will have their shot at Ending their Careers with the Greatest Victory in Sports. I am So happy my Team is where they are. it has been great slamming it my Skins Fan Coworkers
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Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:03 PM
It could be a number of things. Perhaps they didn't perform well at the combine, or don't have outstanding physical attributes, and don't come off as "sexy" to scouts. Some players may not appear to be great; but are smart and humble and inturn adapt well and listen to their coaches. I think Ellerbe is that type of guy.
Just a quick question,how does a players like Dannell Ellerbe go undrafted?Usually theres a reason i.e. character issues,lack of speed,lack of height etc.
But the Ravens are a different team. They're known to pick up gems that were overlooked by other teams. (i.e. Ray Rice)
Posted 24 January 2013 - 01:11 PM
Harbs is doing a "toast" with an invisible champagne glass.
Sorry...I'm done now.
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