FOXBORO — A very solemn Wes Welker  was again forced to answer difficult questions following another season-ending loss in the playoffs.
Last year, it was a second-and-11 drop in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl  XLVI that would’ve extended a series deep in Giants ‘ territory, and likely allowed the Patriots to run out the clock. They lost to the Giants 21-17.
This year, Welker had a pass right in his hands for a first down in the third quarter as the Patriots were leading 13-7 and driving for a score that could have made it a two-possession game. Instead, on third-and-8 at the Baltimore 34, Welker dropped the ball and the Patriots had to punt.
Baltimore drove the field and took the lead for good when Joe Flacco  hit Dennis Pitta from five yards out.
Just before the drop, Welker was drilled by Bernard Pollard  on a reception near midfield. Did it affect him on the drop?
“I was fine. I was fine. Just a missed opportunity,” Welker said.
Then came the questions about his future.
Does Welker, without a contract now for next season, think he’ll be back in 2013 with the Patriots?
“I’m not sure. I’m not worried about that right now,” Welker said.
What does he take away from this season?
“I’ll have to take the next few weeks and figure that out,” Welker said.
How difficult is it to go into offseason with uncertainty?
“I’m really not worried about it all,” he said. “It’s a tough loss and just trying to get over it at the moment.
Would he be upset if the Patriots franchised him again?
“Like I said I’m not worried about any of it,” he said. “Obviously, yeah. We made it to the AFC championship and did some good things along the way. Just wasn’t enough in the end.”
How does he move on after another hard postseason loss?
“Same way I did last time,” Welker said, referring to Super Bowl XLVI. “Sun will come up tomorrow and try to move on.”