There aren’t many silver linings in losing the AFC Championship game, but with Denver kicker Matt Prater headed to the Super Bowl, Stephen Gostkowski will be able to attend this year’s Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Obviously he would rather be in New York, playing for a world championship, but being acknowledged as one of the top kickers in the NFL is a solid consolation prize.
Gostkowski had an amazing 2013 season, connecting on 38 of the 41 field goals he attempted, including numerous clutch kicks all year long. Gostkowski is the fifth Patriot that has been voted to Hawaii, joining quarterback Tom Brady, offensive guard Logan Mankins, cornerback Aqib Talib, and special teamer Matthew Slater. I would be extremely surprised to see Tom Brady and Aqib Talib play in the Pro Bowl, as Talib re-injured his hip in Sunday’s contest in Denver, and Brady simply never makes an appearance, unless of course he wins the Super Bowl. But Mankins, Slater, and Gostkowski all may end up participating, as it is their final chance to play some football before OTA’s begin in a few months.
This year’s Pro Bowl is a little different, as legends Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will draft two teams, instead of having the AFC players face off with the NFC players.