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If you weren't fired up about the Ravens chances of going deep into the playoffs, did the sight of Wes Welker crumpled on the turf of Reliant Stadium during yesterday's 34-27 Houston Texans win over the New England Patriots change your mind?

The Ravens play the Patriots at 1 p.m. Sunday in the first round of the playoffs, and losing Welker will be a huge blow for the Patriots.

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The guy had 123 catches and was the Patriots go-to receiver all season long, especially over the middle. He was tough as nails. Now it's being reported he suffered a torn ACL AND MCL when he tried to cut in the first quarter and landed awkwardly on his left leg.

Welker's mom and dad were quoted as saying they felt "sick" about their son's injury. But probably not as sick as Bill Belichick and the rest of the Patriots feel having to face the Ravens without one of their key weapons on offense.

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Let's face it, the Patriots weren't the Patriots of old this season. Quarterback Tom Brady looked ordinary at times. Without a running game, the team struggled for offensive consistency all season long. And the Pats defense was shaky on occasion, especially their secondary.

New England was vulnerable going into the playoffs, even with everyone healthy. Now it looks as if the Pats have lost their best pass-catcher.

If ever there was a reason for Ravens fans to jump on the bandwagon and think about a serious playoff run for their team, Welker's injury is it.

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