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.
|Wes 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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