Thursday, February 02, 2012

One dropped pass that altered careers



The Baltimore Ravens tantalized and tortured their fans with an oh-so-close loss to the New England Patriots a couple of weeks ago. On Wednesday when asked what the team needed to get to the Super Bowl owner Steve Bisciotti said, “Hold on to the ball.”

Suppose he did. Suppose for a moment that Lee Evans did make that catch and the Ravens would be the Giants’ opponent on Sunday evening. What then?

· Maybe Chuck Pagano is the Ravens defensive coordinator in 2012 and not the next head coach for Peyton Manning.

· Perhaps Dean Pees isn’t on the Ravens staff anymore and is a coordinator for another club.

· Lee Evans future with the club would not be dangling in the balance.

· Joe Flacco might be viewed as a quarterback who can win the big game.

· Cam Cameron may no longer be the most vilified sports figure in town (until his first 3 and out in Indianapolis).

· And maybe, just maybe the Ravens just might find a partner in the trophy case for their only Lombardi.

Could the Ravens beat the Giants? Of course they could. But would they? Tough to say really!

My guess is that it would be a pick ‘em game. The Giants didn’t exactly tear up the 49ers defense and needed a couple of Kyle Williams miscues to get the “W.” But the Giants are on a roll and they have a better quarterback and you have to give the nod to Tom Coughlin’s staff over Harbaugh’s if for no other reason than they are Super Bowl battle tested.

Plus they have a beast of a pass rush and the Ravens offensive line hasn’t exactly been stout. It would have been an entertaining battle for sure, but when you expect a tightly fought battle, it’s tough not to side with Manning and Coughlin over Flacco and Harbaugh. I would have called it 24-23 Giants.

Might that have been better or worse than losing the AFC Championship?

5 comments :

Rapala George said...

Football is a TEAM sport, so let's not lay the loss on one player. As a team we had far too many missed opportunities. We played one hell of a game and I know we'll be better next season.....RAVENS!

Anonymous said...

who are you??? and if you are writing on a RAVENS blog, why are you so mean???

Tony Lombardi said...

The owner's words, not mine. But who could argue with them. If Evans had made the play, Many of us might be in Indy right now.

Jerry B said...

Quoting Ray Lewis, "We win as a team and we lose as a team"! Can't be more profound than that, especially in the ultimate "team" sport. What's more puzzling to me is the FACT that, with the exception of Dennis Pitta, who caught everything his hands touched this year, no one would characterize the receiving corps as, "sure-handed"! Yet, Pitta was used sparingly this past season, which, once again, raises the specter of a coach who failed to make better use of the talent at his disposal! Yes, I am unabashedly a CaMORON basher, who believes that his conservative, predictable offense led to winning "ugly" and losing the same way! So, a 12-4 team sits home and watches a 9-7 go to the Super Bowl! Giants 31, Patriots 10 as Eli targets often whoever Julian Edelman is forced to cover because of a weak, depleted secondary.....

BIG SHANE said...

WHAT BOTHERS ME IS THE FAT THAT WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE SOUND FX REPLAY FROM THE NFL NETWORK YOU SEE AN ANGLE OF THE PLAY THAT YOU YOU DIDN'T HAVE SHOWN ON THE BROADCAST NETWORK THAT SHOWS THAT THE TOP OF HS FOOT WAS CLEARLY DOWN BEFORE THE SWIPPED HAND WAS IN POSITION TO DISLODGE THE BALL. SO TO SAY HOLD ON O THE BALL FOR HOW LONG? I TOUGHT AS LONG AS ANY PART OF THE SHOE WAS TOUCHING IT WAS CONSIDERED A COMPLETED PASS.