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The challenge of replacing Welker

Edelman, RBs should help, but numbers show that might not be enough

Updated: January 7, 2010, 3:05 PM ET
By Jeremy Lundblad | ESPN Stats & Information

The Patriots are 5-0 all-time against the Ravens, including a win this season. Tom Brady is 8-0 at home in the postseason. The Patriots haven't lost a home playoff game since Pete Carroll was at the helm. So what's with the ominous cloud hovering over Foxborough?

Wes Welker's season-ending knee injury derailed any late-season momentum. Suddenly, there are more question marks heading into Sunday than there have been for any game since Week 2 of 2008.

Just how valuable was Welker?

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