As Billy Cundiff's 32-yard field-goal attempt sailed wide left, the Baltimore Ravens' season of high hopes floated away with it.
"It's a kick I've kicked probably a thousand times out there," Cundiff told reporters after the game. "... I didn't convert, and that's the way things go. There's really no excuse for it. ...
"I think the disappointment is letting my teammates down," Cundiff added, specifically pointing out veteran linebacker Ray Lewis, who nears the end of his career.
The gaffe was out of character for Cundiff, who was 9 of 9 on field-goal tries inside the 20-yard line and 10 of 12 inside the 30 this season. It was the first kick Cundiff missed in the fourth quarter all season.
"I just told him it's going to be OK," Harbaugh said. "Everybody has a bad day. ... Billy's going to be fine."
"Not one play won or lost this game," Ray Lewis said. "There's no 'Oh, Billy's the fault. Billy missed the (kick).' There's no freaking 'Billy missed the kick.' It happened. Move on."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.