- Chris Forsberg, Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and wide receiver Wes Welker.Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker shouldered much of the blame for New England's first-half offensive woes in Saturday's 27-24 win over the Dolphins at Gillette Stadium.
"I put the first half on myself; I was pretty bad," said Welker. "I wanted to let [his teammates] know, that was poor on my part. Second half, [we] wanted to come out and play the way we needed to play to win the game. That’s what we were able to do; Able to make some plays. Everybody chipped in. That’s what it’s all about. That’s how you win games. It takes a full effort from the whole team, nobody really holding us all back. I felt like in the first half, I really did that."
Welker caught 12 passes for 138 yards and, in the process, broke Randy Moss's franchise record for receiving yards in a single season.
Welker likes how this team has overcome early adversity in recent weeks.
"There are always things that are going to go wrong with a football team and things are not going to work out the way you want it to all the time," he said. "The main thing is just playing a full 60 minutes and never giving in and understanding that one drive and one score could get things going, break the ice."
Despite trailing 17-0 coming out of halftime, that's exactly what happened for New England.
"[We got] good defensive stops and [all of a sudden] it was a one-score game," said Welker. "That’s what we were able to do and, in the end, it was enough."
Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker shouldered much of the blame for New England's first-half offensive woes in Saturday's 27-24 win over the Dolphins at Gillette Stadium.