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Saturday, December 24, 2011
Welker shoulders blame for poor first half

By Chris Forsberg

AP Photo/Charles KrupaPatriots 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."