The One That Got Away From the Ravens

By Ta-Nehisi Coates

I haven't watched the Giants v. 49ers yet, though I know the Giants won. I did watch the Ravens v. Patriots and I just want to say that Lee Evans will probably think of that dropped pass every day for the rest of his life:


Lee Evans sat on a chair facing his locker under Gillette Stadium, alternating between fingering a piece of black athletic tape and dabbing at his eyes with a towel. 

Then as the number of reporters waiting to interview swelled, the wide receiver slowly stood up from the chair, turned around, and unhesitatingly shouldered the blame for not holding on to what appeared to be the game-winning touchdown pass in the Ravens' 23-20 loss to the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC championship game.

 "There's really not a whole lot to say about it," Evans said. "It is what you saw. It was an opportunity for us to go to the Super Bowl, and I let it go."

I feel for him. You don't forget something like that. Same for Kyle Williams.

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