Let me paint you a picture.
February 5th 2012.
Super Bowl XLVI.
Patriots lead Giants 17-15.
It's 2nd and 11 on the 44 yard line.
Just outside of field goal range.
Tom Brady drops back to pass then this happens.
Tom Brady finds a wide open Wes Welker down the seem for what would've been a first down and more. The pass isn't great, the receiver can't get both hands on it. The pass is dropped. Pats fail on 3rd down, punt, Giants get the ball back, score and the Patriots lose the Super Bowl again.
At the time the Patriots had not won a Super Bowl since the 2004 season. They just went 13-3 and lost to a fucking 9-7 team in the Super Bowl in a game they should've won. With the miraculous catches that have beaten them in big games, it was a relatively easy drop that cost the team a championship.
Luckily the Patriots have won their elusive 4th Super Bowl since....but Wes Welker was not on that team. In fact, Wes is probably finished in the NFL and went 0-3 in the Super Bowl (0-2 with New England, 0-1 with Denver) A man with nearly 10,000 career receiving yards and over 900 receptions unfortunately will go down for the one he let slip through his fingers. Brady definitely deserves a large piece of the blame, because the throw was not great. A great pass that Tom Brady is capable of could've ended in a touchdown. If he hits Wes is stride he has a chance at the end zone. But Welker got his hands on it, gotta make that play. I think blame is 65-35 Welker-Brady. I believe that this play will ultimately keep Welker out of the Hall of Fame.
People will say one play doesn't win or lose a football game, and I completely disagree. Sure things could have gone differently throughout the game, but if that catch is made the Patriots at least kick a field goal, and can then play defense MUCH differently as opposed to how they did with a 2 point lead. I'm not gonna dwell on it because that's not what this blog is about. No it's about Wes Welker finally admitting that he still thinks about the costly drop in Super Bowl 46.
In a recent interview with CSNNE's Tom E. Curran, the former Patriot receiver opens up about his relationship with Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and how the drop has impacted him since.
What really made this clip stick out to me is that Welker finally admitted it, that he wishes he made the play. I know he's denied it before and it drove me crazy. It might sound stupid, but the fact he always shook it off pissed me off. That drop cost the Pats a championship and I want the guys actually playing to care. It's like me saying I don't think about my ex when everybody with a brain knows that's a lie. I remember when he was with the Broncos Welker said this in early 2014 at Super Bowl 48 Media Day.
“You know what? I don’t even think about it,” (Welker said when asked about it at Media Day.) “The past is the past, what happened, happened and I’m just looking forward to this one and going out there and playing my best game and doing what I can to help my team win.”
It just makes me feel good to know matters to Wes. Lets me know he's a true patriot. I"ll always love Welker and appreciate what he did hear from 07-12. He did literally everything you can do without winning a Super Bowl. It bums me out he never won a ring, I'd be happy for him even if it was with a different team. Both his ex teams the Pats and Broncos win SB's back to back without him. I mean the fucking Broncos somehow won the Super Bowl with a zombie at QB this year but Welker wasn't there. Nope instead some undeserving bums like Jordon Norwood or Cody Latimer have rings but not Welker. It sucks.
Wish you made the grab Wes but life goes on, hopefully you don't get CTE in 12 years.
I guess time really does heal all wounds bc now I can laugh at this. Pre Malcolm Butler INT I'd cry thinking about this awful night.