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Julian Edelman Shines In Patriots' Wildcard Loss To Ravens

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10:  Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots reacts after he scored a 1-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter  against Chris Carr #25 of the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Ryan PickardCorrespondent IJanuary 11, 2010

Well that sure wasn't the outcome I expected or was hoping for. The New England Patriots took a beating from a Baltimore Ravens team that was hungrier, ferocious, and clearly wanted the win more.

The final scoreboard read 33-14 but in reality it probably could have been worse. From the start it looked like most of the Pats players simply didn't want to be there. Thankfully for the Pats and their fans one player decided to show up: Julian Edelman.

Edelman, a rookie out of Kent State, finished the game with only six receptions for 44 yards but two of those receptions were for touchdowns.

Earlier in the year I wrote an article about Edelman talking about how I thought he could be the next Wes Welker and after watching yesterday's game, I am even more confident in that.

Edelman, who hadn't received very much playing time during the regular season, got his chance to shine after Welker went down in the final game of the regular season against the Houston Texans.

After Welker's injury, Tom Brady said the Pats would just move right along to the next receiver in line which was Edelman and act like nothing had changed but most fans knew Edelman just wasn't as good as Welker.

Edelman showed all the same kind of cutback moves Welker is known for and showed his speed after the catch. He got the Pats on the board when he caught a six-yard pass from Brady for his first playoff touchdown and caught a second in the third quarter to cut the Ravens lead to just 13. But it wasn't enough.

If there is anything we can take away from this game, it's that Julian Edelman is going to be with the Pats for a long time and is going to have a very bright future. If Welker is able to recover from his injury, then these two will become a great duel threat for next year.

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