No doubt about it, we lost. The Broncos played better. As for the Welker play, he made no attempt to get open. His sole purpose on the play was to take out Talib. It worked. I agree with TNT - it should have been a penalty.
My observation having lived all across this country - sports fans in the Boston area are the most passionate across the spectrum. Football, baseball, hockey, soccer, golf, sailing (yes, we are still mad that the Aussies won the Americas Cup back in 1983 with a crazy keel), etc. we love and follow them all! Any sport/game and someone will have an opinion. Some areas around the country might have a following for a particular team (SEC football comes to mind), but Boston sports for fans is a life long obsession. Sports radio up here dissects and criticizes every pitch, every face-off, every play call, every putt, and every tack (sailing term).
Athletes in Beantown are treated as heroes - Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Bobby Orr, Ted Williams, Pedro Martinez, Tedy Bruschi, Tom Brady are all larger than life out here. They are more well known than most politicians and entertainment stars. Even when a back end roster athlete goes out, he is treated like royalty.
Yes, the hatred is palpable. Red Sox fans hate the Yankees. Celtics fans hate the Lakers. Bruins fans hate the Canadiens. Patriots fans hate the Jets and Peyton Manning. If the Boston team does not win, you will root for anyone but your rival. That is what a passionate Boston fan believes. The old saying around here is "I root for the Red Sox and whoever is playing the Yankees". Hate is a strong word, but accurate.
The fan base may be considered to be disrespectful by most around the country. That's how it is. We are not "nice" when it comes to sports. We love our teams to a fault and that will never change! We complain about everything - we all have 20/20 hindsight vision.
Ahh, it's nice to be a Boston fan!