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Wes Welker crushed by critical drop

Teammates absolve receiver of blame

INDIANAPOLIS - Wes Welker’s voice was barely audible. He leaned forward in his director’s chair as he sat at a podium in the Patriots interview area at Lucas Oil Stadium, taking questions about his role in the Patriots’ 21-17 loss to the Giants last night in Super Bowl XLVI.

His crestfallen gaze did little to disguise his disappointment at a critical drop on a Tom Brady second-and-11 attempt from the Giants’ 44 with a little more than four minutes left. Welker had capitalized on a busted coverage that enabled him to run free.

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