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While Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola have done a great job in helping New England forget about Wes Welker, Welker thrust himself back into Patriots fans' consciousness with a miscue in extra time.
After a furious second-half comeback—they were down 24-0 at half—the Patriots forced the Denver Broncos into an overtime period. Lining up to punt with under four minutes remaining, it seemed like Peyton Manning and the Broncos offense would have the last chance with the ball.
Fortunately for New England, Ryan Allen's punt proved to be too hard to handle.
Welker—via CSNNE.com—took blame for what was actually defensive back Tony Carter's fumble.
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. I gotta do a better job of getting up there and getting those guys out of the way, and making sure it doesn’t hit them. I gotta get to him earlier and tell him, and get those guys out of the way if I’m not going to make the catch. I was a little bit in between and you can’t be that way.
Safety Nate Ebner jumped on the ball for the Patriots, leading to Stephen Gostkowski's winning kick.