By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @mary_paoletti
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- When a guy like Wes Welker breaks receiving records, you'd think it would be in a win.
No such luck.
Welker had a career-high 217 yards in New England's 34-31 loss to Buffalo on Sunday. That number is also a franchise-best, better than Terry Glenn's 1999 mark of 214. And his 16 catches tied Troy Brown's single-game total from 2002.
Blowing a 21-0 second-quarter lead en route to a divisional heartbreaker, however, isn't a great way to celebrate.
"It pretty much detracts everything. We lost the game," Welker said afterward. "What should be a great, fun day of breaking records and doing all those things has turned totally the opposite."
But Welker wasn't crying for himself and his two touchdown catches. He knows better than to dwell on individual effort -- good or bad. And there was a whole lot of bad for the good he did, anyway.
"I think the turnovers really killed us in the end," he said. "We were able to do some good things out there and moved the ball pretty well and things like that. We get in key positions, we can't turn the ball over and make some of those mistakes and pick sixes and different things like that. We didn't play very good complimentary football with each other."
Buffalo's 'D' had some excellent breaks against Tom Brady.
For all the yardage the Patriots quarterback racked up with Welker, he found trouble elsewhere. Brady threw four interceptions at Ralph Wilson Stadium -- as many as he had in the entire 2010 regular season. That number is a big reason why Welker's production went to waste.
"I think any time you turn the ball over, especially in some of the situations we were in, it's never good. It's never good for your psyche, it's never good for the team, it's never good for scoring points," Welker acknowledged.
He also made a point to reemphasize the team as a unit, and its responsibility for the loss.
"This isn't just on Tom," Welker said. "It's everybody getting on the same page and understanding that we're in this together and we all need to make plays and we're all accountable for it.
"Buffalo's a tough football team and they played really well," he said. "They kept fighting and you've got to give them all the credit."
Unfortunately for Welker, even after his tremendous night of work, everybody will.