It is very rare in the history of sports that a team would lose a playoff game in heartbreaking fashion one year and have the opportunity to make up for it the following year against the same team, same venue, same playoff game and on the same day of the week. But that is exactly what the Baltimore Ravens did against the New England Patriots in the 2012 AFC Championship game.
The previous season, the Ravens faced the Patriots in the 2011 AFC Championship and had a Super Bowl appearance right in front of the team. The Ravens were driving down the field led by quarterback Joe Flacco and were in position to win the game. Trailing 23-20, Flacco threw a great pass to wide receiver Lee Evans who could not grab the ball in the end zone for the Ravens to take the lead. The ball was in Evans hands and he couldn't hold on.
Adding insult to that play, Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff at the time missed a chip shot field goal that would have sent the game to overtime. The Ravens were left in shock. The Patriots went on to reach the Super Bowl. Ravens players and coaches would have to wait another year for redemption. And that's exactly what they did.
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