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No Festivus Maximus for Us

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No Festivus Maximus for Us

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When the Ravens went to the Super Bowl in 2001, Tony "the Goose" Siragusa famously coined it Festivus Maximus. Well, it looks like there won't be any purple pain at this year's Festivus Maximus. The Ravens lost to the Patriots in this afternoon's AFC Championship, 20-23.

And they should have won. Among the final plays of the game were a dropped pass in the endzone and a missed 32-yard field goal attempt that would have tied the game and taken it to overtime. The Ravens outplayed the Pats (game stats here); even Joe Flacco put up better numbers than Tom Brady, which is crazy-like-whoa (although Joe also didn't have to face down the Ravens' defense). But when it counted, poor play calls were made and key plays went sour.

This really looked like a good year for us and, with our team aging, who knows when we'll get so good a chance again. If I had a beer, I'd totally be crying in it right now.



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  • *huggles* We were hoping for a Ravens vs Packers Superbowl up here.

    *passes over a virtual beer* I'll share some football sorrow with you.

    The Ravens totally should have won today. (up here, we just keep asking each other 'did the Packers still lose, or was that a nightmare... no? bah...' )
    • *takes a grateful swig* Thanks. ;)

      We didn't have nearly the impressive season that you all did, but I know that stunned feeling all the same. The dropped pass in the endzone was one thing--I don't ever remember watching the Ravens when a receiver hasn't dropped a key pass at one and usually multiple points during the game--but the missed 32-yard field goal?? By a Pro Bowl kicker?!?!? Wha...

      My husband called a Ravens vs. Packers Super Bowl during the preseason, and y'all were the only team I was really afraid to meet. *stews some more in self-pity*

      *tearful hugs back*
  • It was sad, seeing that field goal go wide of the post, and only 32 yards out. Can you say "no contract extension"?

    I'll be watching whoever in two weeks, since the Broncos and Vikings were already out of it, the rest of the teams really don't matter - LOL. At least today's games have been close - not blowouts :-)

    - Erulisse (one L)
    • I'd actually be surprised if they didn't re-sign Cundiff ... he's usually pretty good, and good enough to have made the Pro Bowl last year. Of course, I'm no expert, and missing the field goal that could have taken your team to the Super Bowl is a pretty emotion-inducing oops. ;) I definitely missed good ol' steady Matt Stover this afternoon.

      The games were surprisingly good. When we beat the Raiders to go to the Super Bowl in '01, we went to watch it on the Jumbotrons down at the stadium, and we were all chanting, "Super Bowl! Super Bowl!" four minutes before the game had even ended! :D
  • You're right. The Ravens, by all accounts, really ought to have won. They played the better game, and, er, the Pats (esp. Brady) were not stellar. No gloating here. But hey, I'll take the squeaker of 3 points.

    Congrats to the Ravens on an excellent season!
    • Thanks! :) And we've certainly won our share of games like that. The odds just weren't in our favor today! :(
  • I wasn't cheering for either team and was trying to avoid the game at all, but I happened to walk in to the family room just in time to see that last kick. That broke even my heart! My Patriots-cheering dad and sister were even left feeling more bad for the Ravens than glad for New England.
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