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RH: I played with Wes. I had to defend Wes. We don't give him enough props. Do you see the type of licks he takes? He's a little, 5'9" guy. If there's no Wes Welker, the Patriots don't go to their last couple of Super Bowls.
DP: Take me back to Super Bowl XLII. After David Tyree caught the ball over you, what happened on the Giants' game-winning touchdown?
RH: Our defensive coordinator called an all-out blitz. I look to my right and see 5'9" Ellis Hobbs against 6'5" Plaxico Burress. I'm screaming to [linebacker] Junior Seau, Check the call! Junior being Junior, he just wants to blitz. Eli [Manning] lobbed it up to Plaxico.... Not even a chance.
DP: How tough is it to lose when you're expected to win?
RH: It sucks. These three or four next months for Peyton Manning will be miserable. He knew he put them in a situation where they should have won [but they didn't]. Because of one play by a safety.
DP: But Peyton didn't seem to have a lot of zip on the ball against the Ravens.
RH: It was cold, brother. Peyton doesn't have the same zip, and he'll never be the old Peyton. But he still will be effective. You'll see the same thing next year because he's spent time with the receivers. They have a lot of great stuff to build on.
DP: You live in Atlanta but have been critical of the Falcons. How's that going?
RH: They're killing me out here on the radio stations. Who's afraid to go to Atlanta? I don't think anyone is. It's not good enough for the Falcons to go to the NFC Championship Game. For them to have a successful season they have to get to the Super Bowl.
DP: Who do you have in the Super Bowl?