As for the players? For those of us who witnessed first hand the emotional devastation in the visitors locker room at Gillette Stadium back in January, it hard to believe that nightmare has simply been erased.
Ravens look for revenge versus Patriots
The thirst for revenge is not.
At the same time, while the Pats deal with the absence of tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle), an at times wobbly offensive line and the controversy surrounding Wes Welker alleged diminishing role, the Ravens believe that, with their new no huddle offence, they can become the class of the AFC.
And who can forget the image of the classy Cundiff, one of the NFL most reliable kickers, accepting full blame for shanking an easy chip shot Men's Black Prada Shoes Uk
up in his eyes, explaining how his potentially game winning touchdown grab with 27 seconds remaining slipped through his fingers?
Simple. You don Deep down, the Ravens know they were the better team in that game. In the end, Joe Flacco outplayed Tom Brady. Yet, on the Prada Mens Shoe Sale
scoreboard, they fell short.
How does one forget these things, even if Cundiff and Evans are no longer on the scene?
As for Lewis, it was the future Hall of Famer who gathered the team together in an attempt to offer perspective moments after the final gun had sounded at the AFC championship game.
always hard to think (about getting even) when you have a totally different makeup as a team, heart and soul linebacker Ray Lewis said the other day. we are looking at this game as a totally different game. makeup as a team, as Lewis calls it, includes the releases of both Evans and Cundiff in the subsequent months after that crushing setback to the Pats, one that cost the Ravens a berth in the Super Bowl.
think, in the end, the disappointment is letting my teammates down, Cundiff said.
Eight months after Drop and Left combined to rip the collective hearts out of the football crazed citizens of Baltimore, wide receiver Lee Evans and kicker Billy Cundiff will be nowhere to be found at M Bank Stadium when the hometown Ravens seek retribution against the New England Patriots Sunday for that gut wrenching 23 20 loss in the AFC championship back in January.
let everyone in this locker room and the entire city of Baltimore down, Evans said.
Evans was the first to go, shown the door by the Ravens just six weeks after Drop against the Pats.
that should have sent the contest to overtime.
The Ravens players are doing their best to downplay that loss, claiming memories of Failure in Foxborough have since evaporated with the arrival of a new season, new hopes and, to some extent, a new roster.
Their fans, for one, certainly remember. After all, if you are livid (and dumb) enough to threaten the life of a player as they did to Cundiff, the painful images of that loss are certain to linger.
In his speech, he told teammates of a 17 year old boy that he was mentoring who had come down with cancer. was supposed to see him after this game, Lewis said. I was told yesterday that he died. Do we take the game serious? Yes. But it just that a game. game that, deep down, Lewis and his teammates have not forgotten.
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Cundiff, meanwhile, is now a Washington Redskin, having lost his Ravens job to rookie Justin Tucker in training camp last month. The move probably was the best thing for Cundiff, who received death threats in Baltimore after his 32 yard field goal attempt with just seconds remaining in the AFC title contest was off target, a play horrifically remembered in Maryland as Left. matter how much the Ravens spin the stance that the defeat to the Pats has been Prada Shoes For Women 2016 left in the past, don buy what they are trying to sell you.
Despite the fact that New England was upset on home turf by the Arizona Cardinals last week, the 1 1 Ravens are aware that Brady 1 1 Patriots are the standard to which all other teams compare themselves. No NFL team, after all, has won more Lombardi Trophies (three) or made more Super Bowl appearances (five) in this century than the Pats.
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