In a compelling show of support for Wes Welker, Tom Brady said the Patriots wouldn't be AFC East champions, winners of six straight games and 9-3 on the season without the star slot receiver. On Sunday, Welker caught 12 passes on 18 targets for 103 yards and a touchdown in a 23-16 win over the Dolphins. Welker set an NFL record with the 16th 10-catch game of his career in which he went over 100 yards. It also marked his 17th double-digit receiving game of his career, tying Jerry Rice for the all-time lead.
“He’s an unbelievable teammate, player, friend, and nothing he does ever surprises me. He expects the best out of himself every single day," Brady said. "What he brings to practice, that’s what he brings to the games. We couldn’t be in this situation without him. I’m glad he’s on our team, not the Dolphins.”
Welker's role could be on the rise as Julian Edelman was seen leaving Sun Life Stadium on crutches and in a walking boot after injuring his foot early in second half.
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