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The wide receiver who couldn’t hold onto a pass in the end zone a year ago _ which likely would have sent the Ravens into the Super Bowl _ has no regrets. Except, maybe, that he’s not part of the Ravens this time around.
Evans says in an email that he “wishes he made the touchdown catch, but is thankful for the overall journey. You play the game to win and celebrate the joy with your teammates.”
Soon after, Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal that would have forced overtime.
“Give him credit for the play he made,” Evans said.
Unfortunately for Evans, he’s remembered as much for that incompletion as he is for two 1,000-yard receiving seasons in seven years with the Bills, and 43 touchdown catches.
“My goal is to play in the NFL again,” said Evans, who was cut in the preseason last summer by Jacksonville, a team not exactly overloaded with receivers. “And if I am afforded that opportunity, I will be fully prepared and absolutely capable of competing at the highest level.”
Evans said he will be in front of his TV on Sunday watching the title games. He likes what he’s seen from Baltimore (12-6) and knows the Ravens‘ recent postseason history; they’ve won a playoff game in each of the last five seasons and will be in their third AFC championship match in those five years.
But he also knows how tough the Patriots (13-4) are at home, particularly in January.
“It is a chess match between a defense that goes hard after the quarterback and gets after you on every play,” Evans said, “and an offense that seeks to exploit their match-ups while always trying to capitalize on a defense’s mistakes.”
Evans‘ only season with the Ravens was marred by injury and he made only four receptions. He did help mentor Torrey Smith, Baltimore’s top draft pick in 2011 who came into the league with the same kind of speed and game-breaking ability that made Evans the 13th overall pick in the 2004 draft out of Wisconsin.
He’s seen Smith develop into a dangerous weapon for Flacco, and veteran Anquan Boldin has been superb in the playoffs. Kick returner Jacoby Jones got free on the 70-yard TD pass in the final minute of regulation that tied Denver in last weekend’s divisional-round win.
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