Moment of the Year: Billy Cundiff's Miss
A moment is, just that, a moment. So we tried to go back in time and think of the happiest moment shared by fans this past calendar year. What was that one instant when you leaped out of your seat with unbridled glee. Happiness and nothing else.
For us, that moment in 2012 came when the Patriots got their ticket to the Super Bowl punched as then-Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff missed what should have been a chip shot to tie the AFC championship game against the Patriots and preserved New England's 23-20 victory in Foxborough.
"Wide left from 32."
The shot of Big Vince at the 34-second mark says it all.
That miss was set up Sterling Moore's golden move on Lee Evans, turning his "look what I have here" touchdown into an incomplete pass on 2nd-and-1 in the Ravens' final drive.
It was a game the Patriots probably should have lost. Brady's 1-yard touchdown dive with 11:29 left were the winning points. "I sucked pretty bad today, but our defense saved us," Brady said after throwing for 239 yards, with two interceptions and, no TD passes.
At that moment, the Giants were yet to play the 49ers in the NFC title game. It was definitely all good. It was too soon for any pre-game analysis. So the doom and gloom that may have preceded the Super Bowl and its ensuing in-game agony—started on New England's first offense play with Brady's safety, had yet to take hold.
This was bliss at its purest.
And 2012's top moment.