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.

Comments (7)

  1. It was also a bad throw from Brady – it turned Welker around and forced him to make the catch over his back shoulder. Brady made an even worse throw on his next attempt. This loss falls on Brady’s shoulders – not on his receivers.

    • I know, I said it was a bad throw. I think it falls on several players and positions. The quarterback gets all the love when he wins and takes all the blame when he loses.

  2. It’s 60 minutes of football that decides a game, not that one drop by a really good receiver in Welker. People are going to be blaming him but Brady threw a ridiculous grounding ball on the FIRST PASS!!! lol. Calling the game based upon that play is an injustice to football. Buttchin (Lol) needs to keep her mouth closed unless she wants to try out for the team. It’s not the end of the world and he won’t lose his spot in Canton when his career is over.

  3. You are wrong Tyson, even though it is a 60 min game, its the minutes within those 60 minutes that decides games & with 4:36 left & the Pats marching, that catch was crucial not only because of field position but also the Giants would of burned all their timeouts plus a new set of downs for the Pats & more clock burned.

    Its like Cardinals salvaging a win with 2 outs, 2 strikes in bottom of 9th. That was the crucial moment in a 9 innning game.

    Too bad Ravens didnt make it ….it would of been a better game. This SB was boring.

    • I agree with JJ – Brady choked when it counted – he threw 3 bad passes on that drive (that was effectively the “Final” drive).

    • Minutes within Minutes? So you’re saying that the first play isn’t just as important as the last? Every play is important in the *Super Bowl,* if the Patriots executed properly on that first drive we could very well be singing a different tune right now…

      Saying that makes it sound like everything outside the 4th quarter is irrelevant.. If what I’m reading is right then we should just get rid of the first 3 quarters. What I think you’re referring to is moments in games, I’m not trying to put words in your mouth, simply trying to understand how I’m flat out wrong according to you. Despite everything you mentioned, the game came down to a Hail Mary pass.

      I’ll agree to disagree I guess,

    • Agreed on the Ravens point though, Ray Lewis needs another before he retires and ER needs at least one before he calls it quits as well.

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