INDIANAPOLIS — The drop itself shouldn’t have come as a huge surprise. After all, Wes Welker led the entire league in dropped passes back in 2010.

Also why it shouldn’t surprise us: it’s hard to call it a drop. I mean, this was simply a bad pass from Tom Brady…

And yet Brady isn’t taking nearly the amount of heat Welker is for that play, which might have put the game away had it been successful. It might have led to a New England touchdown to give them a two-score lead in the final minutes. But at the very least, it would have allowed the Pats to take a significant amount of time off the clock before getting more points.

Brady wasn’t under pressure and had Welker open, so I don’t understand why the pass wasn’t thrown on target. Regardless, Welker probably should have had it, and he knows it.┬áDrops happen to Welker, but the timing was just un-Welker-like.

“That’s one of those plays I’ve made a thousand times,” said Welker, who shed legit tears during his post-game media session. “It hit me right in the hands. I just didn’t make it. It’s the most critical situation, and I let the team down.

“The ball was right there. I’ve got to make the play. It comes at the biggest moment of my life, and (I) don’t come up with it. It’s discouraging.”

It’s a game of inches in which hundreds of intermingling factors decide the outcome. If Welker makes his fairly routine catch or if Mario Manningham doesn’t make his unreal catch only one minute later, the Patriots are celebrating right now, rather than the Giants.