Oklahoma City's Wes Welker suffered his third Super Bowl defeat Sunday night in the Broncos' 43-8 loss to the Seahawks. Welker's other Super Bowl defeats were with the New England Patriots, in tight games against the New York Giants. This was different, despite Welker's eight catches for 84 yards:
“I felt like we were moving the ball fine. We were still in the game at halftime. Even after they returned the kick (to open the second half), I felt like we were still in the game. I never really felt out of it. It's just frustrating to get this far and lose like this. It's embarrassing.”
“I don't know (if this was Peyton Manning's best chance at another Super Bowl win). He's had his best year in his whole career at the age of 37. I wouldn't say that he's really slowing down. He's going upward instead of downward.”
(The safety) “it's never the way you want to start a game, that's for sure. It's tough, but you have to bounce back from it. We just never really rebounded. It was tough to get going. It always is when you aren't executing the way you need to execute. That's the way it went.”
(The sound at the start of the game) “that's the way the start of any Super Bowl is. It's going to be loud. The fans are going to be yelling, they don't really know why they're yelling, it's just the start of the Super Bowl. We didn't prepare very well for that and it showed.
“It hurts no matter what. It's never easy. It can be a cruel game sometimes; you just have to roll with it.
“They did a great job across the board. I just feel like there were so many opportunities for us that we just missed out on. We just didn't play very well. It's frustrating.
“I can't take anything away from them. They're a great defense, and they do a great job across the board. But we didn't execute the way that we can execute. It wasn't our best night, and they came out and played really well. We could just never really get it going, so hats off to them.”