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By Bryce Miller and Des Moines Register | January 22, 2012
There was no need to ask Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff how missing a potential game-tying field goal Sunday in the final seconds against New England with a Super Bowl trip on the line gnawed at him. The disappointment already resonated -- a mix of remorse and resolve -- in his voice. "The timing seemed a little bit off. Just the dynamics of the play," said Cundiff, in hushed tones, during a telephone interview with The Des Moines Register after a 23-20 loss to the Patriots in the AFC championship game.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | September 18, 2014
The last time Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco faced a Mike Pettine-led defense, he had arguably the worst game of his career . Pettine, a former Ravens assistant, was Buffalo's defensive coordinator last year, when his Bills defense had five interceptions in a 23-20 victory. Pettine, now the Browns head coach, said it wouldn't make sense to follow that day's game plan Sunday. “It's not applicable, just because it's a different [offensive] coordinator,” he said. “The system is completely different.
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By Matt Vensel | December 6, 2011
Before Sunday's 24-10 win over the Cleveland Browns, Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff hadn't missed a field goal at Cleveland Browns Stadium. He had made all five attempts there, including three as a member of the Browns. But on Sunday, Cundiff was wide right on two of his three attempts . His misses were from 34 and 41 yards. He could have easily blamed them on wind gusts or sloppy footing on the grass field, but he took responsibility. “For one game a year, playing in the AFC North, you've got to learn how to kick in Cleveland,” Cundiff said in the locker room after the win. “You have to kick differently here.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2014
The Ravens' Justin Tucker has not only been one of the league's best kickers in his first two seasons in the NFL, he's also been one of its bigger bargains. Such is life when you originally make the team as an undrafted free agent. Tucker, who beat out Billy Cundiff for the kicking job as a rookie, signed a three-year, $1.44 million deal with the Ravens before the 2012 season. He's due a base salary of $570,000 in 2014, the final year of the deal, and then he could potentially be a restricted free agent next offseason.
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Kevin Cowherd | May 23, 2012
In so many words, Billy Cundiff says he's not thinking about redemption. The game plan now is simple. Move on. Don't look back. What else can the Ravens kicker say? What else can he do? Shrivel up and die? Sit in the house with the blinds drawn and brood about that big miss? Re-play it over and over again in his head until it drives him crazy? You saw it. Hell, the whole world saw it. Cundiff sees it still, you can be sure. Closes his eyes and there it is: his pushed 32-yard field goal attempt that went wide left in the final seconds of January's AFC Championship, leading to the New England Patriots' shocking 23-20 win over the Ravens in the madhouse that was Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.
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By Jamison Henlsey and Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2010
The last four times Billy Cundiff had reached summer's end, he was the recipient of bad news. So when the Ravens called him Saturday to inform him that he had beaten Shayne Graham for the kicking duties, elation took over. "It was really nice to get a good call at this time of the year," Cundiff, 30, said Sunday afternoon. "In years past, that hasn't always been the case. This time, I was able to see the fruits of my labor. But we know that in January, no one really cares that you made the team.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 2, 2011
Reaching the NFL record for touchbacks was important to Billy Cundiff , but the Ravens kicker was shocked that fans were also aware of the accomplishment. "It's really strange to put the ball on the tee and have everybody go, 'OK, we want this touchback,'" Cundiff said after the team's 13-7 win against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday. "I think they wanted it more than I did. " With two touchbacks, Cundiff posted 40, tying the Minnesota Vikings' Mitch Berger 's single-season record set in 1994.
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Kevin Cowherd | August 26, 2012
The Billy Cundiff haters - and there are enough in this town to hold several conventions - are celebrating today. About time the Ravens unloaded that choker, they're saying. Good riddance. Guy cost the Ravens a shot at the Super Bowl. How do you miss a 32-yard chip shot in the AFC championship game? And how do you come back from a disaster like that? They make Cundiff sound like he was a psychological wreck, like he did five tours of duty in Afghanistan on a bomb disposal squad.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | November 7, 2011
Billy Cundiff knows how to make amends. After sending a 40-yard field-goal attempt wide right in the first quarter, the Ravens kicker booted two field goals in the second quarter, including a 51-yarder with no time remaining that gave the team a 9-6 lead at halftime. Cundiff missed his second field goal in three games when his try with 2:08 left in the first quarter stayed wide right. It was Cundiff's first mistake from under 50 yards since he sent a 37-yarder wide left in the Ravens' 26-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 7, 2010.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
For the first time since he was beaten out by Justin Tucker last year for the kicking job, former Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff will return to M&T Bank Stadium for a regular season game Sunday. Cundiff was signed by the Cleveland Browns as the replacement for Phil Dawson after they cut Shayne Graham during the final major roster cutdown. Cundiff was a Pro Bowl selection in 2010 with the Ravens, but faltered during the 2011 season as his infamous rushed 32-yard field goal missed badly during the final moments of an AFC championship game loss to the New England Patriots.
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By Jeff Zrebiec, The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
If the Ravens aren't still playing in late January, second-year kicker Justin Tucker will head to Hawaii for his first Pro Bowl. He'll likely be joined by a couple of teammates who are familiar with the trip. Tucker, right guard Marshal Yanda, rush linebacker Terrell Suggs and nose tackle Haloti Ngata were selected to play in the Pro Bowl on Jan. 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, the league announced Friday night. It marks the eighth consecutive year where the Ravens have at least four Pro Bowl selections.
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Mike Preston | September 19, 2013
Maybe if it was a veteran kicker and he missed two field goals in the previous game, the concern wouldn't be so great. But when it is Justin Tucker and it is only game No. 2 of his second season, there is a lot of interest. Tucker was spectacular as an undrafted rookie last season. Not only did he unseat veteran Billy Cundiff as the starter, but he converted 30 of 33 field goal attempts and his 90.9 percent success was the second-best by a rookie kicker in NFL history. Tucker was Mr. Automatic but then came last Sunday.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2013
Ravens star running back Ray Rice suffered a strained left hip flexor Sunday during the fourth quarter of a 14-6 win over the Cleveland Browns, a potential setback for the offense. Although the injury initially appeared serious as trainers attended to him on the field, Rice walked off the field under his own power. However, the Pro Bowl runner didn't return. Rice wasn't on crutches after the game and wasn't limping badly. The Ravens are hopeful that the injury isn't going to sideline Rice long and he's not scheduled for a magnetic resonance imaging exam.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2013
The game wasn't four minutes old when Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden dropped back on his team's very first offensive play and hit tight end Jordan Cameron with a 53-yard pass that put the ball on the Ravens' 7-yard line. If it didn't remind you of all the defensive breakdowns in the season-opening blowout loss to the Denver Broncos, you probably were watching the Washington Redskins game. The last thing the Ravens needed was a start their home opener with another lapse in the defensive secondary, but what happened after that set the tone for the rest of the afternoon.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2013
For the first time since he was beaten out by Justin Tucker last year for the kicking job, former Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff will return to M&T Bank Stadium for a regular season game Sunday. Cundiff was signed by the Cleveland Browns as the replacement for Phil Dawson after they cut Shayne Graham during the final major roster cutdown. Cundiff was a Pro Bowl selection in 2010 with the Ravens, but faltered during the 2011 season as his infamous rushed 32-yard field goal missed badly during the final moments of an AFC championship game loss to the New England Patriots.
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By Matt Vensel | May 6, 2013
Sunday afternoon, Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked if he planned to bring in another punter to press incumbent Sam Koch, who has been Baltimore's primary punter since the Ravens drafted him back in 2006. Harbaugh defended Koch, saying it would be “ pretty tough to find competition ” for Koch and also kicker Justin Tucker. After all, the Ravens had one of the NFL's best special teams units after a subpar 2011 season. "There aren't too many guys that want to come here and kick or punt,” Harbaugh said.
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Kevin Cowherd | January 16, 2013
In this town, it remains a sepia-toned nightmare: Billy Cundiff's 32-yard field-goal attempt in the chill of Gillette Stadium drifting left, left, left - so far left you thought it would smack one of the cheerleaders. Cundiff has never recovered from that miss in last year's AFC championship, the one that left the Ravens in stunned disbelief and the New England Patriots headed to the Super Bowl with a 23-20 win. Funny thing is, Justin Tucker can't get away from that miss, either.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2011
Four days after limping out of M&T Bank Stadium with a 20-14 victory over the Cleveland Browns, the Ravens had starting cornerback Cary Williams , starting defensive end Cory Redding and kicker Billy Cundiff in practice Wednesday. However, right guard Marshal Yanda , a first-time Pro Bowl selection, remained sidelined by the rib contusion he suffered Saturday. Inside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (concussion), defensive end Arthur Jones (illness) and wide receiver Anquan Boldin (knee)
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Mike Preston | February 2, 2013
NEW ORLEANS -- The older brother will beat the younger brother again. Super Bowl XLVII will be nothing more than a repeat, at least victory wise, of the 2011 Thanksgiving Day game between the two teams when John Harbaugh's Ravens beat Jim Harbaugh's San Francisco 49ers, 16-6. If you look down the rosters and compare personnel, the 49ers have better players and are more balanced. But the Ravens are riding emotion and after two years of failing in the postseason, their playmakers are making plays.
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By Steve Corkran and San Jose Mercury News | January 21, 2013
There isn't any word yet on whether the 49ers intend to stick with kicker David Akers for the Super Bowl. However, it's clear that they can't turn to Billy Cundiff again if they opt for a change. League rules stipulate that players cut during the postseason are ineligible to sign with another team until after the Super Bowl. The 49ers waived Cundiff on Friday, the day they departed for Atlanta, where they played the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game two days later.
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