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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Wes Welker’s drop lets Giants back into game, leads to Super Bowl loss

The Giants have come from behind to beat the Patriots twice in Super Bowls. Two dropped passes that will likely be overlooked by most fans helped New York come back and win the games.

Four years ago, it was Asante Samuel dropping a sure interception before David Tyree’s miracle catch that led to the loss. This year, it was Wes Welker’s drop on a 2nd and 11 pass in Giants territory that turned the tide.

Welker had the ball in his hands around the 20 and it went off his finger tips. The reaction from the defensive players on the sideline was nothing but disappointment and disgust; they knew a huge opportunity was missed.

The Patriots were up 17-15 at the time and were driving. A touchdown would have put them up 24-15 and would have come close to icing the game. A field goal would have put the pressure on the Giants to score a touchdown on their next drive, which could have happened, but was no certainty.

As Bill Belichick likes to frequently say, they made more plays and that was the difference. The Giants, as they have throughout the playoffs, converted in tight situations. The earned the Super Bowl by making big-time plays. The Patriots will have to live the rest of their lives knowing they had the game in hand and blew it.

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