Playing the Blame Game
It’s been almost 24 hours since the New York Giants were named Super Bowl Champs and the media buzz that’s more intriguing is the missed opportunities made by the New England Patriots which caused them a fourth championship. The dropped balls, the interception, the sacks, had all attributed to the Patriots loss. So who was to blame? Was it Wes Welker‘s dropped pass that he makes al the time at every game? Was it the intentional grounding pass Tom Brady threw that caused a safety?There were many mistakes made by the team, but to the media and myself there was one play put the nail in the coffin. Wes Welker.
Wes Welker was pretty much alone with a clear shot at either a first down or a possible game winning touchdown with four minutes left in the game. Welker is one of the elite widereceivers of the league with 122 receptions for over 1500 yards and nine touchdowns. So how could a receiver that good blow such a huge opportunity? At this point it is neither here nor there because after the confetti falls, Welker and his teammates have to take that long trip back to their prospective homes without a championship ring.
But when you look back at the Patriots journey to the Super Bowl, it definitely wasn’t one full of missed opportunities and blunders. Tom Brady is one of the elite quarterbacks of this generation and the league. He knew how to make plays and win games, which inevitably took them to the Super Bowl. Brady made some costly mistakes that could only be seen by a rookie quarterback on his NFL debut. Honestly, there is no denying how great of a team the Patriots are and there could be many to blame for the mishaps. But the fact is they lost as a team. Of course there were plays that stuck out more than others, but the fact of the matter is, you go win as a team and you lose as a team. It doesn’t get more concrete than that.
- Wes Welker takes the high road (profootballtalk.nbcsports.com)
- Wes Welker Blames Himself for New England Patriots Super Bowl Loss (bleacherreport.com)