After Super Bowl XLVI, Tom Brady said that the Patriots left too many plays on the field. Several come to my mind, but there may not have been one bigger than Wes Welker’s drop late in the fourth quarter. On second-and-11 with a little over four minutes to play, Brady found Welker wide open for what would have been a 20-plus yard gain, putting New England in field-goal range. Welker knew he missed a huge opportunity which he acknowledged both visibly during the game and verbally after.
“We had an opportunity. The ball is right there,” Welker explained. “I just have to make the play. It’s a play I’ve made 1,000 times. Then, in the biggest moment of my life, I don’t come up with it. It’s discouraging.”
Here’s a long, slow look at Welker’s heartbreaking drop.