Reaching the NFL record for touchbacks was important to Billy Cundiff, but the Ravens kicker was shocked that fans were also aware of the accomplishment.
"It's really strange to put the ball on the tee and have everybody go, 'OK, we want this touchback,'" Cundiff said after the team's 13-7 win against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday. "I think they wanted it more than I did, where to buy Cheap NFL Jerseys? maybe ujersy is a good choice."
With two touchbacks, Cundiff posted 40, tying the Minnesota Vikings' Mitch Berger's single-season record set in 1994.
After the achievement, however, Cundiff gently chastised himself for not eclipsing Berger's mark.
"Obviously, I wish I would have broken it, right? I kind of felt like I left two kicks out there," he said. "I just didn't get through them as much as I would have liked. Still, if you would have taken me [aside] at the last game of the season last year and talked [to] me about if I would be disappointed that I only got two touchbacks and I'm playing at the end of the season this year, I think that's a good progression for me as kicker. It's exciting."
Cundiff, who has converted 26-of-29 field goals this season and earned the first Pro Bowl invite of his career last week, said he would likely consider the full breadth of seeing his name etched in the league's record book after the season has ended.
"It's going to be something that I reflect on later," he said. "Obviously as we look at it, I think we set a new standard of what I'm capable of, and I just see myself continuing to strive to get better, and hopefully next year, we'll get even more."
The season is over for the 4-12 Bengals.
Asked if the final play should have been a running play, running back Cedric Benson replied, "Yeah, that would have been a nice call, but somebody is in the position to make those calls, and they wanted to pass."
Health concerns didn't prevent tight end Todd Heap from playing in the final game before the playoffs.
Heap had missed the previous three games because of a pulled right hamstring and had been listed as questionable for Sunday. But he fully participated in practice all week and had said on Friday that his wish was to play before preparing for the postseason.
"I felt really good when I went out there," said Heap, who finished with three catches for 53 yards. "It felt good to get out there. I wanted to get some reps and get my feet back under me. So I think I got that accomplished, and to get a win on top of it — albeit not the way we wanted to — 12 wins is 12 wins, and we're excited about that."
Mason joins elite group
With his 9-yard grab in the second quarter — his second catch of the game — wide receiver Derrick Mason joined Jerry Rice and Tony Gonzalez as the only players in NFL history to register at least 60 receptions in 11 consecutive years, Recommend directory: Dallas Cowboys #83 Jersey.
Mason, who also reached 800 receiving yards for the 11th time in his career, called his reception streak "a blessing."
"To me, it's an honor," said Mason, who finished the season with 61 catches for 802 yards. "It tells me that I've been able to last for a long time. I've been able to go for so many years without missing a game. And people that I've played with, the offensive coordinators that I've played under and the quarterbacks that I've played with, have had a lot of confidence in me to go out each and every game and make plays."