FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- It will be a long offseason for the Ravens and kicker Billy Cundiff, who missed what would have been a game-tying 32-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
But on the opposite sideline, Cundiff's miss was met with jubilant celebration, as it meant linebacker Jerod Mayo and the Patriots would be advancing to Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis.
"Childlike joy," said Mayo of the moment. "Last night it felt like the day before Christmas for me. I haven't had that feeling in a long time. ... I just feel like I got my present, and we have one more game to go."
Other reaction from Patriots players on the miss:
Offensive lineman Matt Light: "I had my eyes closed, man. I wasn't going to watch that one. That was a little too much stress for this guy, but it was unbelievable. Things happen for a reason."
Tight end Aaron Hernandez: "I was watching. My heart was pumping because I knew I had a chance to make that play so we wouldn't have to give the ball back to them. It was crazy. I feel bad for (Billy Cundiff) because it's a tough kick with a lot of pressure but I'm glad we came away with a victory."
Head coach Bill Belichick: "Well, I couldn't really tell from the angle. I was standing there about where he kicked it from and I couldn't really tell. I just heard the fans yelling so I wasn't sure."
Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis: "I wasn't praying. If he had to make it, we would have just come out and done what we had to do to try to win the game. Whatever we had to do, fourth quarter, overtime, whatever it had been."
Cornerback Devin McCourty: "We were going to block it. That's what I was thinking, that we were going to block it and not go to overtime and win and go to the Super Bowl. The guys came off the ball had a great rush and that's the difference. You just want to keep the pressure on the kicker and it went wide left and the next thing you know I'm sprinting down the field."