Monday 23 January 2012

Badger Headed to Superbowl

Posted at 6:10 AM

Former Wisconsin tight end Travis Beckum is on his way to his first Super Bowl, while another ex-Badger -- Lee Evans -- can only wonder what could have been.

Evans had a catch in the end zone knocked out of his chest with 22 seconds left, which could have given Baltimore a four-point lead in the A-F-C Championship Game at New England. The pass was ruled incomplete, and the Patriots went on to beat the Ravens 23-20 and advance to Super Bowl-46.

Ravens' coach John Harbaugh said he would have challenged the call had it not been within the final two minutes, when only officials can ask for reviews. But the N-F-L's Mike Signora said a replay assistant did look at the play, and found that Evans did not have possession when his second foot came down. Therefore, Signora said the incomplete pass call was correct.

Baltimore still could have tied the game to send it into OT, but the Raven's kicker missed a 32 yard field goal wide left.

Evans played seven years with Buffalo after leaving Wisconsin -- and he joined the Ravens this season. He had three catches for 39 yards in the A-F-C title contest.

In the N-F-C Championship Game, Travis Beckum caught four passes for 16 yards as his Giants advanced with a 20-17 overtime win at San Francisco.

Beckum, a native of Oak Creek, is a third-year pro.


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