I had one field goal attempt in high school.
It was from 33 yards at the old Edgewood High School field.
I nailed it.
That being said, I'm fairly sure I couldn't hit a 32-yard kick in the opposing stadium with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. So I won't cast judgment against Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff.
I also won't blame Lee Evans—he of four regular season catches—for dropping the pass that certainly would have sent the Ravens to Indianapolis.
As a former sports reporter, I learned to watch games analytically, and—often to the frustration of my wife—very objectively. But Sunday night, I was in shock. I shared the same look of dismay that the Ravens players did on the sideline—you know, that jaw-dropping shock that you saw on the faces of the players who watched it all come crashing down so fast.
The Ravens have lost playoff games in heartbreaking fashion before. But they earned and deserved those losses.
This time around, I felt the Ravens were the best team on the field, and in looking over the NFC Championship, they may have been the best overall team in the postseason.
They deserved to win.