FOXBOROUGH — He didn’t score any touchdowns against the Texans, but it was a huge day for Patriots receiver Wes Welker.
Welker finished the AFC divisional playoff game with eight catches and became the Patriots all-time leader in postseason receptions, moving past Deion Branch (54) and Troy Brown (58).
Welker also had 131 yards receiving yards. It’s the 16th time a Patriot has had 100 yards receiving in a postseason game. It is Welker’s second 100-yard postseason game. He had 11 receptions for 103 yards in Super Bowl XLII vs. the Giants.
“I think we are just where we are,” Welker said about the Patriots offense, refusing to give himself any accolades for his performance. “We made a lot of good plays, had a lot of good drives out there and then we had some bad ones too. So it’s kind of back and forth. We played well, but I feel like we can be a little bit more consistent.”
Welker was asked to respond to Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips comments about him last week when Phillips said he wasn’t “a real athletic guy.”
“I’m not really too worried about that,” Welker said when asked if he felt he silenced Phillips with his performance against the Texans. “It’s all a lot of noise, I just go out there and try to do my job to the best of my ability.”
Welker was also asked about how the team will respond to losing Rob Gronkowski again.
“It’s unfortunate, but guys have to step up,” Welker said. “Guys have got to come out, make plays and make up for his absense… I think we’ve shown that guys can step up and play that role. Everybody kind of upped their game and knows that we’ve got to step up.”