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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
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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: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:13 am
 

Welker takes Super Bowl loss the hardest

It is becoming clear that the Pats success against the better teams was directly tied to cheating.  Since they have been watched more closely, they can't beat anyone really good.  Even the Jets beat them at home in the playoffs last year which is disgraceful.  Will Kraft dedicate next year to his dead wife also or will he have some 25 year old trophy wife on his arm by then? 



Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:10 am
 

Welker takes Super Bowl loss the hardest

I will preface this to say that I am not a Giant or a Yankee Fan, but I do find the collective inferiority complexes of Boston and Philly vs NY to be very amusing. Boston is a nice place to visit and to go to school whereas Philly is simply a dump populated by idiots and thugs. The Rangers beating the flyers and the Giants beating the Pats on the same day was nice for NY.



Since: Feb 6, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 9:00 am
 

Welker takes Super Bowl loss the hardest

Wes We wouldn't even be here without you. Hey you missed a catch it happens. Its really tough right now but it will get better.Lets go to the draft and FA and get some D. Next Year we will be the BEAST. Gronk Way to hang in there Bro. I really thought you caught that Hail Mary for a sec my heart was in my throat. Danny way to play you really played hard last night and Im so proud of you and proud to be a pats fan. Guys Keep you heads UP. You played an awesome season and we still love all you guys. Im Pats For LIFE. Through thick and thin good and bad. Lets get ready for 2012 season. GO PATRIOTS!!!!!



Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:13 am
 

Welker takes Super Bowl loss the hardest

He ain't no Scrappy McGowan, that's for darn sure.

Pat Gray
CAvendish, Vermont



Since: Jan 11, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 8:11 am
 

Welker takes Super Bowl loss the hardest

I blame Kevin Youkilis for the whole problem. He has placed a hex on all Boston teams. He's got to go.

Pat Gray
Cavendish, Vermont



Since: Nov 10, 2010
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:58 am
 

Welker takes Super Bowl loss the hardest

Welker's disapointment is understandable, but he played a strong game.

The person who should shoulder the blame but is being uncharacteristically silent, is Lousy Stinko.

This guy was paid 3.5 million this year and contributed less than the waterboy.
Where was he during the big game?  This self entitled troll, a legend in his own mind, caught what, one pass?  That was really stepping up in the big game!  The Pats should have cut Lousy Stinko before the game, not Underwood.  And when Lousy Stinko is released, and that will be soon, all of NE should throw a party.  His self centered, lazy, media trolling behavior is the poster child of this loss, and totally opposite that of Welker.    



Since: Jan 5, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 7:29 am
 

Welker takes Super Bowl loss the hardest

Like a pats fan tweeted to me this morning, the SUN is still gonna shine bright!  Played a solid 4 quarters Pats fans!  Time to move onto the combine & the draft , shore up the D some!  Welker & Woodhead were clutch last night along with Hernandez!  Gronk wasn't himself but he still played, that speaks volumes as to your teams heart! 


bigbangtheory17
Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:40 am
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Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:23 am
 

Welker takes Patriots Super Bowl loss the hardest

Not to get in the middle of your argument with someone else BigBang, but in the 1986 World Series, the score was already tied when Bill Buckner missed that easy ground ball. Even if he would have made the out the Mets would have beaten the Red Sox in extra innings that game anyways because the Red Sox relievers were the goats of that World Series. They couldn't get anyone out. How do you think the Mets tied the score from a couple runs down in that inning? Many hits and runs in a row that Buckner had nothing to do with. Plus the Red Sox could have won Game 7, but they didn't. Buckner had very little to do with the Red Sox loss in 1986, it is just that the lazy sports media love using that clip to sum up the Red Sox collapse by all the players. You don't know your sports history at all. That would be like blaming this year's Red Sox September collapse on just one person.



bigbangtheory17
Since: Jan 27, 2012
Posted on: February 6, 2012 2:11 am
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