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49ers at Patriots | Sunday, 8:20

Wes Welker still proving invaluable to Patriots

FOXBOROUGH — The focus, as you’d expect, is almost entirely on the San Francisco 49ers, yet another matchup for the Patriots that the NFL and its television partners decided would be worthy of a prime-time, nationally televised slot.

So if you’re Patriots receiver Wes Welker, you’d rather not talk about anything else, really, despite there being some other football-related topics of interest. His future with the Patriots, being one. Or his impending assault on the league record book, which wouldn’t be the first time. Or his season in general, which began with the possibility of a holdout, turned to Welker possibly being squeezed out, yet has taken on the familiar look and feel of every other year the slot receiver has spent in Foxborough.

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