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Patriots.com News Blitz - 12/29/2010

The election that's split between fans, coaches and players voted in six New England Patriots to the Pro Bowl. Quarterback Tom Brady, defensive lineman Vince Wilfork, linebacker Jerod Mayo, left guard Logan Mankins, cornerback Devin McCourty and safety Brandon Meriweather will all represent the AFC on Jan. 30. Read about why each of these Patriots has earned his spot on the Pro Bowl team in the Boston Globe, which also looks at other Patriots who could have made the cut.

Read further analysis on the six Pats en route to Honolulu in the Boston Herald. Read a similar story on ESPN's New England Patriots Report.

Read more about the Pro Bowl on ESPNBoston.com, which profiles Brady's top contender for league MVP, Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, selected to man the helm of the NFC.

Sunday's victory over the Bills now securely in their pocket, the Patriots have won the AFC East, a first-round bye in the playoffs and home-field advantage in the two games they would have to win en route to Dallas in early February. Still, two games stand in their way to a playoff berth. The Boston Herald mulls over the top five AFC teams, ranked in order of easiest to hardest, on New England's road to Dallas.

In the Boston Herald's Patriots notebook, defensive lineman coach Pepper Johnson calls head coach Bill Belichick the "ultimate defensive coordinator," in response to the Patriots' not officially naming that position this season. The story also talks about the Pats' no-turnover streak and who will play in the last regular season game against the Dolphins, among other things.

The Boston Globe notebook highlights some of the Patriots' top undrafted performers, like lead running backs BenJarvus Green-Ellis and Danny Woodhead. The Globe also talks about guard Ryan Wendell's first start, in place of an injured Dan Connolly (concussion) and how the Pats are dealing with "flulike symptoms."

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