January 20

Belichick: Broncos’ Welker tried to ‘take out’ Talib

The Patriots coach calls the play on Sunday one of the worst he’s seen and says Wes Welker made no attempt to get open.

By Howard Ulman
The Associated Press

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Patriots coach Bill Belichick says Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker deliberately tried to “take out” cornerback Aqib Talib when they collided in the AFC championship game.

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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick listens to a reporter’s question during a news conference in Foxborough, Mass., on Monday, Jan. 20, 2014.

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Talib hurt his knee on the play early in the second quarter and missed the rest of the game. Denver beat New England 26-16 on Sunday to advance to the Super Bowl.

Belichick calls the play one of the worst he’s seen and says Welker made no attempt to get open. On the play, Peyton Manning’s pass to Demaryius Thomas fell incomplete.

Welker spent the previous six years with the Patriots before signing with the Broncos before the season. He says he was trying to get Talib to go behind him as the two headed for each other across the middle.

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