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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: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 6:04 pm
 

Welker takes Super Bowl loss the hardest

And Why Doesn't Giselle keep her big mouth shut?!



Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: February 7, 2012 12:57 am
 

Welker takes Super Bowl loss the hardest

No Welker didn't lose the game. Brady did. Those throws were a bit errant. And if your not use to errant passes from him you gotta adjust. they didn't. Justin Tuck made him throw errant. Knocked his body out of whack. He also has been a little gun shy, or has buck fever since Pollard took out the knee, and a little more so this year. Especially in the playoffs. The Patriots were scared coming into this game. They were, I know it. Too bad the Giants didn't put them away earlier. They let em hang around and loosen up. Which the Pats did and almost put the Giants away. The Giants were a little overconfident and over enthused, coming in.


bigbangtheory17
Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:32 pm
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Since: Feb 5, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:47 pm
 

Welker takes Super Bowl loss the hardest

What play was Brinson watching? I Welker made that catch it would NOT have been a TD even if the throw was perfect.



Since: Mar 5, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:48 pm
 

Welker takes Super Bowl loss the hardest

if...if...if......If welker catches the ball.......
youre complaining about the same thing that got you into the Super Bowl to begin with....a dropped pass.   jump off the bandwagon


bigbangtheory17
Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 5:24 pm
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bigbangtheory17
Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:09 pm
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bigbangtheory17
Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 4:07 pm
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Since: Sep 4, 2011
Posted on: February 6, 2012 3:23 pm
 

Welker takes Super Bowl loss the hardest

and Tyree makes that catch 10 out of 10, come back to realality, that is all on Brady.



Since: Jul 22, 2009
Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:37 pm
 

Welker takes Super Bowl loss the hardest

David, seems like a pretty rational non-ranting and valid response to me....why make a comment like you did?

If they have a 100% Gronkowski, it would have been an entirely different outcome.  Shame on Brady and Bellicheck for another piss-poor performance aod for The NY Football Giants for beating these clowns once again!

I know it is all "woulda could shoulda" after the game, but wow, Brady had all day to throw and still came up short.  I am sure Giselle is used to that already!  She is the bread-winner after all!   
     


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