Ravens vs. Patriots: Billy Cundiff Breaks Hearts and Twitter with Missed Kick

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2012

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22:  The New England Patriots celebrate after Billy Cundiff #7 of the Baltimore Ravens missed a game tying field goal late in the fourth quarter during their AFC Championship Game at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Billy Cundiff, what have you done?

With one missed 32-yard-field goal attempt that could have sent the game between the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots to overtime, Cundiff managed to not only break hearts all across Baltimore, but he broke Twitter in the process.

Damn you, Billy Cundiff!

With the game on the line and less than two minutes to play, Joe Flacco was actually clutch and drove the Ravens down the field. All day long, the Ravens defense played admirably against the vaunted Patriots offense and kept the game close.

Baltimore deserved the chance to win this game in overtime.

And then you went and pulled the kick wide.

There's no guarantee that the Ravens would have won in the extra session, of course, but it sure would have been epic to see that game decided in overtime.

Jeez, Billy Cundiff, you probably cost us an Instant Classic overtime battle as well.

But you know what the worst part is?

After your kick, Twitter was "down for maintenance." I guess everyone flocked to Twitter like I did to enjoy all of the snarky comments.

Of course, I would have also noted how legitimately terrible I felt for the Ravens, the city of Baltimore or even you, Billy Cundiff. We know this one hurts you worse than anyone else. It's never fun to be the source of pain for so many people.

So we'll stop piling on, Billy Cundiff. Games aren't ever really decided by just one play, they just seem that way when a field goal is missed that would have sent the game to overtime.

I'm still pissed about the whole Twitter thing, though.

Hit me up on Twitter—that's where the magic happens.

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