Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski won't be going to the Super Bowl, but he will be going to Hawaii.
After the Broncos beat the Patriots in the AFC title game on Sunday, 26-16, the NFL named replacements for the five Denver players who had been selected to play in the Pro Bowl, which will take place one week before Super Bowl XLVIII.
Since Broncos kicker Matt Prater was slated to go to the NFL's all-star game, Gostkowski has been named as his replacement. Gostkowski also made the Pro Bowl in 2008.
The Patriots kicker hit 38-of-41 field goals this season (35-of-38 in the regular season), booted 65 touchbacks, and knocked home big field goals in tight wins over the Bills, Texans, Jets, Dolphins, Broncos and Browns.
It could have been argued -- in fact, Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran did it right here -- that Gostkowski was the best kicker in the league this season. Still, he was shut out of All-Pro honors while Prater and Ravens kicker Justin Tucker were deemed the top two legs in the game.
Though a trip to New York would have been nice, the Pro Bowl nod is consolation for a kicker whose season certainly merited some recognition.