The New England Patriots advanced to their 7th Super Bowl in franchise history with a hard-fought 23-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship Game in Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium.
The game will be remembered for two failed plays by the Ravens in the final minute of play as Baltimore was driving deep in Patriots’ territory.
First, Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco threw a pass with 27 seconds left to wide receiver Lee Evans in the end zone. Evans was stripped of the ball in the end zone by backup cornerback Sterling Moore, but slow-motion replay from CBS showed that it might be possible that Evans had the ball with two feet down in the end zone long enough for a catch.
Inside two minutes remaining in each half, the replay booth is in charge of all reviews. The play was not reviewed.
After an incomplete pass on the next play, Ravens’ kicker Billy Cundiff seemed to be racing to the kick spot with 10 seconds left on the play clock. The Ravens snapped the ball with one second remaining on the play clock, and Cundiff’s 32-yard field-goal attempt went wide left as the Patriots won the AFC title.
Thanks to YouTube user DAB629, here is a look at both plays: