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Former Raven seeks shot at redemption

Lee Evans

Lee Evans

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — As Lee Evans awaits another chance, he'll root for the Ravens in today's AFC title game against the Patriots.

With 27 seconds to go in last season's AFC title game against New England and Baltimore down by three, Ravens QB Joe Flacco saw Evans in the right corner of the end zone. Evans got two hands on the ball, but CB Sterling Moore knocked it to the ground.

Soon after, Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal try.

Evans said in an email to the Associated Press, 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."

He said he has not been depressed about the play. "Give (Moore) credit for the play he made."

Evans sat out this season after the Jaguars cut him during training camp. He said his goal is to return to the NFL.

Much better: Baltimore allowed 180-plus rushing yards in three straight regular-season games, including a team-record 227 in a win over Dallas on Oct. 14. It allowed 181 in losing to Houston the next week, then regrouped during the ensuing bye week.

"I was just thinking (during the bye week), 'Get away. Get away as far as possible,' " said DE Arthur Jones, part of a unit that averaged 107.2 yards allowed over the final nine games. "I want to clear my mind; just really getting some rest and getting away from it a little bit. I started watching a little film at the end of the bye week. Guys did that and came back fresh and ready to fight."

Big matchup: In the Ravens-Patriots regular-season matchup, Ravens DT Haloti Ngata had a season-high nine tackles and a half-sack. LG Logan Mankins likely will face him on most snaps. "He's a great player," Ngata said. "I've always said he's probably one of the better offensive linemen in the league."

'Cane in: The Patriots promoted rookie DE Marcus Forston from the practice squad to take the roster spot of injured TE Rob Gronkowski. Forston went undrafted out of Miami but made the team and debuted Sept. 23 against the Ravens. A few days later he went on the practice squad.

Former Raven seeks shot at redemption 01/19/13 [Last modified: Saturday, January 19, 2013 9:25pm]
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