Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 2/6/12

Wes Welker is not the sole reason why the Patriots — again — lost to the Giants in the Big Game, though the Pro Bowl receiver still feels like the guiltiest culprit.

In the waning minutes of Super Bowl XLVI, Tom Brady delivered a strike downfield to Welker, who split the defense and, like he always does, found himself open.

The result? A very uncharacteristic drop by Welker, who almost never lets a pass slip through his fingers, especially in crunch time.

It was a particularly backbreaking sequence of events for the Pats, as they would’ve been in position to ice the game if he would’ve hung on.

Of course, New England went on to lose to the G-Men, who captured their second title in the last four years.

And, of course, Welker was immediately bombarded with questions regarding the play in his postgame press conference, tears in his eyes and voice cracking.

“The ball was right there,” Welker said. “I’ve got to make that play. It’s a play I’ve made a thousand times, and at the biggest moment of my life I don’t come up with it.”

Lamenting his point, Welker feels he disappointed his teammates and coaches with the gaffe.

“It’s a play I never drop. Most critical situation, and I let the team down,” Welker said, fighting back his emotions.

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