Welker loss devastating for Patriots

Updated: January 5, 2010, 5:38 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

HOUSTON -- There are certain times when the mood in the postgame locker room is so somber, it makes one wonder how a team could respond the following week.

This wasn't supposed to be one of them.

Just when it appeared the Patriots might be a team that nobody wanted to face in the playoffs, they were dealt a devastating blow Sunday in a season finale that was approached as a hopeful momentum-builder but turned into a challenging obstacle course when receiver Wes Welker, ...

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