Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff’s missed 32-yard field goal sending the Patriots to Super Bowl XLVI is a remarkable and somewhat unbelievable occurrence. There are few explanations as to how such a good kicker could miss a veritable chip-shot, but Patriots owner Robert Kraft offered one explanation after the game.
“[There were] forces at work that’s beyond anything we can understand,” Kraft said. “I’m just pretty happy and proud we’re going to the big game. The support our fans have given us this year and given me personally and our whole family has been terrific. So let’s hope we do some business in two weeks.”
Of course, Kraft was alluding to his wife Myra, who passed away this past summer, perhaps having a hand in the missed field goal. In the locker room, he reiterated his belief.
“We thought we were going to overtime,” said Kraft in the locker room after New England’s 23-20 win. “And then we knew we had an angel smiling down. And I believe in spirituality. So, I think there were greater forces at work.”
Kraft mentioned earlier in the week that the team was a “savior” for him and his family as they’ve been coping with the loss of Myra. Kraft continues to think about his “sweetheart” as does the team, evidenced when BenJarvus Green-Ellis tapped the “MHK” patch on his jersey after his touchdown run.
“I’m so excited that we’re going to the big game,” Kraft said. “I still pinch myself thinking about it and I think of my sweetheart.”
New England is pinching itself too, Mr. Kraft.