INDIANAPOLIS - Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker had seven receptions
for 60 yards in Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, but it was one he didn't
make that was a big difference in the game.
The Patriots were leading 17-15 and faced a second-and-11 play from the
Giants' 44-yard line with 4:06 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Welker broke open on the left side of the field, but Brady's pass
forced Welker to adjust his body. The ball is usually inside the
numbers. He got both hands on the ball at about the 21-yard line, but
failed to catch it. After a third-down incompletion, the Patriots
punted, leading to the Giants' 88-yard drive for the winning touchdown.
Welker #83 of the New England Patriots
lays on the ground in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl XLVI at
Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis,
Indiana. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Said Brady, "It looked like they messed the coverage up a little bit
and I threw it to him. 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 that guy."
That didn't make the sting any less for Welker.
He said, "The ball is right there. I've just got to make the play. It's
a play I've made a thousand times in practice. It comes to the biggest
moment of my life and don't come up with it. I mean, it's a play I
never drop, I always make. Most critical situation and I let the team
down. It's discouraging.
"It's one I'll have to live with.
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