Broncos receiver Wes Welker accepted his share of the blame for his team's loss to the Patriots, 34-31 in overtime Sunday.
Welker was positioned to receive a punt late in overtime near the end zone, but he signaled for teammates to get away from the ball too late and it hit teammate Tony Carter. The Patriots recovered, then kicked a game-winning field goal.
Afterward, Welker discussed what happened. Here's a transcript of his postgame comments:
On what happened on the last punt in overtime:
“I felt like there was a lot of traffic and it was a high ball. I didn’t want to get into a situation where someone was running into me or something else, and I ended up with the situation I didn’t want to happen in the first place. I have to do a better job of getting up there and getting those guys out of the way and making sure it doesn’t hit them.”
On what it was like being back in New England and seeing Robert Kraft before the game:
“It was a little different for sure. It was great seeing Mr. Kraft and I have a lot of respect for him as a man and as an owner of a team. He’s a good one.”
On the Broncos being a third-quarter team but tonight the Patriots had the better third quarter:
“I think that’s just going out there and executing the way we need to and playing the way we need to play. Obviously, they made good halftime adjustments and we kind of fell behind there. We have to do better next time and be ready.”
On the play of Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno:
“He brought his ‘A’ game and he’s a guy you love having on your team because he brings it every night and every day in practice and you have to respect that.”