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Baltimore Ravens' Kicker

Distracted Before Botched

Field Goal Attempt

1/23/2012 11:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

a sad Billy Cundiff
Billy Cundiff -- the Baltimore Ravens' kicker who botched the kick that could have kept the team's Super Bowl dream alive -- was distracted before his field goal attempt ... to the point that coaches were yelling at him.

Two players on the team have spoken with TMZ -- one of whom says he witnessed the confrontation and another who did not witness it but says it is being widely discussed among Ravens players.

Our sources say ... immediately before Cundiff attempted the game-tying FG, he was doing what he was supposed to do -- practicing kicking on the sidelines.  But as the Ravens marched down the field, Cundiff was unaware that his time to kick was looming.

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It's S.O.P. for kickers to walk toward the field when the time approaches for them to kick -- ready to run into the game.

According to our sources, coaches repeatedly called for Cundiff -- at least 6 times -- to no avail -- he wasn't responding.  We're told the coaches became "furious" because Cundiff wasn't ready to go. 

Our sources say players and coaches are saying Cundiff was distracted ... not paying attention and not ready to immediately execute a kick.

As for how the team reacted to the botched attempt, we're told players were gracious.  As one player put it, "We didn't give him a hard time because he looked like he was ready to kill himself."

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1.

D. Potter    

Hey TMZ, you are NOT ESPN, save the sports reporting for the folks who really know sports; and here's a hint, it ain't you!

966 days ago
2.

angry reader    

Baltimore had one more time out to take if the coaches felt the kicker had been distracted.

966 days ago
3.

Chrissy    

We still Love you Cundiff! GO RAVENS!!!!!!!!!

966 days ago
4.

rico    

GUESS HE DIDNT CHECK WITH TEBOW ON HOW TO GET JESUS TO HELP HIM.

966 days ago
5.

stu    

Billy is still cuter than Tom.
Pats WILL take yet another super bowl!!!

966 days ago
6.

Steve    

Amazed that TMZ caught that and the announcers let it slip. You could see Billy running on to the field moments before having to kick. I just don't understand why Baltimore didn't call a timeout. Nice one TMZ!!

966 days ago
7.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Are you really doing a story about an effed field goal? That's what the post game show is for.

966 days ago
8.

Carlos    

all they had to do was cal timeout...plain and simple

966 days ago
9.

Sandy Jay    

They should have called the time out.

966 days ago
10.

craig    

this is why you canrt bet on sports,he was distracted because he had the MAFIA LEANING ON HIM,IF HE MADE THE KICK HE WOULD OF GOTTEN MURDERED!!!!Its a 98% chance hit at 32 yards,its all wwf,remember when the NFL REF GOT CAUGHT FOR MAKEING BAD CALLS AND WORKING WITH THE MOB,F THIS BULLCARAP

966 days ago
11.

anony    

Let's see how long until they cut him.

966 days ago
12.

2muchinfo    

the pats knew he wasn't ready seeing him rush onto the field so they didn't ice him..

966 days ago
13.

Beach    

LOL. whatever! he just choked. Now Scott Norwood is off the hook. Ravens were lucky to get that far anyway.

966 days ago
14.

Superman    

Actually, the coaches screwed-up by not calling a timeout! They rushed the kick that would have sent them into overtime!!!!! Blame the coaches for not using their last timeout!!!

Flacco screwed-up on the play before that. He could have ran for that 1 yard to get the first down, but instead tried to run laterally to pass the ball.

966 days ago
15.

Beaners    

Hello! Is anybody home? Did he drop the pass in the end zone? No! Did he cause any turnovers? No! So he did NOT lose the game, Ravens lost it on their won before this guy was called in to try and save the day. Win as a team , lose as a team and this one individual did not cause the Ravens to lose the game....

966 days ago
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