Receiver Wes Welker and kicker Stephen Gostkowski have been voted to the Pro Bowl, it was announced today.
It is the first Pro Bowl berth for both players. The game will be played Sunday, Feb. 8 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI.
Four receivers are selected in the AFC, and Welker, who ranks second in the NFL with 102 receptions, was named a reserve behind Houston's Andre Johnson and Denver's Brandon Marshall.
Gostkowski is the AFC's lone kicker. He is 30 of 33 on field goals this season, having hit all 34 of his extra-point attempts. His 30 field goals are tied for most in the NFL are are two shy of the Patriots' single-season record (Tony Franklin, 32, 1986).
Some quick facts on the Pro Bowl honors for Welker and Gostkowski:
Welker is the fifth Patriots wide receiver to earn Pro Bowl honors since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, joining Randy Moss (2007), Troy Brown (2001), Terry Glenn (1999) and Stanley Morgan (1979-80 and 1986-87).
Welker caught at least six passes in each of the first 11 games of the 2008 season, becoming the first player in NFL history to begin a season with that many consecutive games of six or more receptions.
Gostkowski is the fourth Patriots kicker to be named to the Pro Bowl since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, joining Adam Vinatieri (2002, 2004), Tony Franklin (1986) and John Smith (1980).
Gostkowski is on pace for 142 points this season - a total that would set a post-merger Patriots record.
The Patriots had eight Pro Bowl selections a season ago: quarterback Tom Brady; receiver Randy Moss; offensive linemen Matt Light, Logan Mankins, and Dan Koppen; outside linebacker Mike Vrabel; nose tackle Vince Wilfork; and cornerback Asante Samuel.
For the entire list of Pro Bowl selections, click here.