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Welker takes Super Bowl loss the hardest

Posted on: February 6, 2012 12:39 am
Edited on: February 6, 2012 6:41 am
Welker reacts after his drop in the fourth quarter. (AP)
By Will Brinson

INDIANAPOLIS -- There are many people in the Patriots organization suffering the pains of losing a Super Bowl right now; Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and Robert Kraft all certainly feel an inordinate amount of pain over the loss. But no one's taking it harder than Wes Welker.

It was Welker who had a shot at closing out the game, but dropped a critical catch on a high-but-catchable pass from Tom Brady.

"It's one of those plays I've made a thousand times," a somber Welker said Sunday. "Just didn't make it."

Take a look at the play. Brady misses the throw. If he hits Welker in stride, it's a touchdown and it's ballgame. But it's still on Welker to make that catch.

"The ball is right there," Welker said when asked if he was looking for it on the other shoulder. "I've just got to make the play. It's a play I've made a thousand times in practice and everything else. It comes to the biggest moment of my life and I don't come up with it. It's discouraging."

Welker even went so far as to say that he held himself personally responsible for the dropped pass. Brady didn't exactly refute him, but he also pointed out how important Welker is to the team.

"Wes was running down the field and it looked like they messed the coverage up a little bit and I threw it to him," Brad said. "He went up to try and make it, as he always does, and we just couldn't connect. He's a hell of a player. I'll keep throwing the ball to him for as long as I possibly can. He's a phenomenal player and teammate and I love the guy."

Bill Belichick echoed that sentiment, shrugging off any potential for making Welker the goat.

"I didn't get a real good look on it," Belichick said. "I'm sure he did his best. He's caught a lot of passes for us."

Belichick's right, because the Patriots don't make the Super Bowl in either 2007 or 2011 without Welker. He has been their most consistent offensive threat for the past five years, catching 554 balls for 6,105 yards and 31 touchdowns in that time.

That he could suddenly become a goat for the Pats because he dropped one catch isn't realistic. Just don't try telling him that.

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Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:16 am

Welker takes Patriots Super Bowl loss the hardest

BigBang - time to crawl back into your hole and respond when you have something half intelligent to say...

Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:09 am
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Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:06 am

Welker takes Patriots Super Bowl loss the hardest

I am not a patsies fan but welker DID NOT LOSE the game. its won/lost on a team level.I hope this does not do any permanent mental damage to the man as he is a great player.

Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 1:00 am

Welker takes Patriots Super Bowl loss the hardest

It was a team loss, one play does not win or lose a game!

Since: Jun 24, 2008
Posted on: February 6, 2012 12:48 am

Welker takes Patriots Super Bowl loss the hardest

Well, Welker SHOULD feel bad about it.  He catches that and the Patriots most probably win the game.  It wasn't a perfect throw but he didn't make the play when it counted the most.  This is all that separates champions from runner-ups, the best from the really good, and that's what Welker is today...not a champion.  He should have had it.

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