In most people's minds, the Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots were already in overtime before kicker Billy Cundiff lined up for what should have been a very easy 32 yard field goal to tie the game.
With only seconds left on the clock, Cundiff kicked and did the unthinkable — he missed.
While Patriot fans rejoiced and Raven fans mourned the loss they didn't see coming (at least, not that kind of loss), nobody took it harder than the man responsible for kicking the pigskin a little too far to the left. During a press conference following the game, Cundiff explained his mental state, saying:
"Let's keep this simple. That's a kick I've kicked 1,000 times in my career but today I didn't convert. That's the way things go, but there's no excuse for it."
Aww! But there is an excuse for it — he's only human!
Sure, this guy made a mistake, but so did the rest of his team, otherwise the game wouldn't have come down to a field goal necessary to tie the game. Cundiff isn't taking our optimistic approach to viewing the situation and instead only blames himself, continuing:
"When you are at this level, if you're going to be a professional, it's your job and I think you do have to take it personally. I get paid to make field goals I don't get paid to miss field goals."
The missed kick was a total bummer to anyone rooting for the Ravens, there is no denying that, but it didn't cost them the game. Four quarters of missed opportunities here and there is what really led to the loss.
Although he's taking it pretty hard, it sounds like Cundiff will get over this moment in football history and is looking forward to bigger, better things that define his career.
"I've had setbacks before but I'll move on from this. It's one of those things that will strengthen me in the end," he added.
[Image via AP Images.]