It wasn't exactly the homecoming Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker envisioned. By the time it was over, not only did the former Patriot have just four catches for 31 yards (not to mention several drops), but he was also responsible for the game-deciding turnover. With just over three minutes to go in overtime and the game tied 31-31, Welker stood on his own 10-yard line awaiting a Ryan Allen punt. But Allen's kick was short, Welker was late telling teammates to steer clear of the landing zone, and the ball hit the turf and bounced right into surprised Broncos defensive back Tony Carter. New England recovered and three plays later the game was over. Reflexively, you want to blame Carter because he has to know the situation. But as NBC color commentator Cris Collinsworth pointed out at the time, the fault lied with Welker, who didn't warn Carter until it was too late. After the game, Welker took responsibility for the miscommunication. “I just felt like there was a lot of traffic, it was a high ball, [I] basically didn't want to get into a situation where somebody's running into me or anything else, and ended up with a situation that I didn't want to happen in the first place,” Welker said, via CSNNewEngland.com.
Wes Welker: 'I have to do a better job' on botched punt
CBS Sports | Nov 25