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Welker finished the afternoon with 10 catches for 138 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown strike from Tom Brady in the first quarter. It’s his 16th career 10+ catch game, the most among active NFL players. He is now tied with Marvin Harrison for second all-time, trailing just Jerry Rice’s 17 10+ catch games.
Welker now has 15 10-catch, 100+ receiving yard games in his career,tying him with Jerry Rice for the most in NFL history.
Sunday was Welker’s fourth straight 100-yard game, tying a Patriots record. He had a personal best eight 100-yard games in 2012, and has a chance to surpass Stanley Morgan (1986) and Randy Moss’ (2007) team record of nine 100-yard receiving games in a single season.
Obviously though, Welker did not care about personal records following the loss.
“We talked about playing a good 60-minutes of football and we came up short. These close games like this, especially when we had the lead in the fourth quarter, you have to be able to put them away. We weren’t able to do that today,” Welker said after the loss. “Right now it’s really frustrating. We just need to get back to work and really work on these things.”
One thing Welker pointed out was the Patriots struggles in the Red Zone, where they only 1-for-6.
“They did a great job down there and we didn’t really have the threat of being able to run the ball in that situation. I think that hurt us a little bit. They have a good defense and I think that’s what it comes down to,” he said. “Especially there in the red area; not being able to come away with points is disappointing.”
Welker now has a catch in each of his 90 games with the Patriots, including the postseason. He has at least one reception in his last 100 games dating back to his time with Miami.