Plenty of fight in Welker

Receiver's spirited play sparks victory over Panthers

Updated: December 14, 2009, 8:33 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Perfect. Just perfect.

Summing up receiver Wes Welker, rookie Julian Edelman said simply: "He's a fighter. He's tough, one of the best. He's Rocky."

Cue the "Eye of the Tiger" music, because Edelman nailed it. In the decisive moments of the Patriots' 20-10 victory over the Panthers, the remarkable, resilient Welker pulled a "Rocky."

He got pummeled on a third-quarter reception. Then he popped up and raised both arms in the air and the crowd erupted. ...

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