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Pro Bowl K Dan Bailey offers support for Stephen Gostkowski 01.30.16 at 6:00 am ET
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Stephen Gostkowski got some support from Pro Bowl kicker Dan Bailey. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Stephen Gostkowski got some support from Pro Bowl kicker Dan Bailey. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

NFL kickers around the league are very close because of the nature of their jobs and speaking at the Pro Bowl practice on Friday, Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey offered his support for Stephen Gostkowski and Blair Walsh, both of whom missed big kicks this postseason.

Bailey said he hasn’t contacted either of them, but he planned to.

“I wouldn’t be telling them anything they don’€™t know. We’€™ve all been there,” Bailey said via Sporting News. “I’€™ve been in situations where I’€™ve missed kicks that should’ve won the game. You just gotta be there, support them because you know they’d do the same for you.”

Gostkowski missed an extra point in the Patriots’ 20-18 loss to the Broncos in the AFC championship. Although it was in the first quarter, the Patriots were chasing that one point the whole game. Walsh missed a potential game-winning chip shot field goal when the Seahawks beat the Vikings in the wild card round.

The Cowboys kicker noted all the kickers around the league support one another.

“That’€™s what’€™s nice about this position ‘€” there’€™s only 32 of us at any given time,” Bailey said. “So it’€™s kind of a brotherhood. We all keep in touch somewhat. I wouldn’€™t say we’€™re all buddies hanging out, but there’€™s a mutual respect across the league for everybody who’s out there doing it.”

“It’s just nice to know you’€™ve got a group of guys pulling for you, even when the whole world seems like it’€™s crashing in on you,” he added. “It’€™s just part of it, and you gotta work through it.”

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Stephen Gostkowski, Malcolm Butler join other Patriots to drop out of Pro Bowl 01.26.16 at 2:40 pm ET
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Stephen Gostkowski is one of seven Patriots players to drop out of Pro Bowl. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Stephen Gostkowski is one of seven Patriots players to drop out of Pro Bowl. (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Following the Patriots’ loss to the Broncos on Sunday, many have dropped out of this weekend’s Pro Bowl.

On top of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski, five other Patriots have dropped out of the game.

Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and kicker Josh Brown were added to the roster, replacing Malcolm Butler and Stephen Gostkowski.

Other Patriots to drop out included Jamie Collins, replaced by Anthony Barr and defensive end Chandler Jones, replaced by Cameron Jordan.

Special teamer Matthew Slater also dropped out of the game, so none of the seven Patriots players selected will actually play in the game.

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Vikings’ kicker offers show of support for Stephen Gostkowski after missed extra point at 1:05 pm ET
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Minnesota kicker Blair Walsh, who missed a potential game-winning field goal in a playoff loss to Seattle earlier this month, has Tweeted out a show of support for Stephen Gostkowski.

Gostkowski, who missed an extra-point in Sunday’s AFC title game against the Broncos, blamed himself for New England’s 20-18 loss to Denver. It was his first missed extra point since 2006.

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Stephen Gostkowski: ‘I feel like I lost the game for the team’ 01.24.16 at 9:05 pm ET
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DENVER — In the way of the shocking 20-18 loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC championship, no one felt worse than kicker Stephen Gostkowski.

He missed an extra point after New England’s first touchdown of the day in the first quarter that turned out to be a pivotal point in the game. For Gostkowski, who holds the NFL record for most consecutive extra points made, it was his first miss of an extra point since 2006, his rookie season.

The Patriots came back and scored a touchdown with 12 seconds left in regulation but the Patriots were forced to go for two because of Gostkowski’s miss in the first quarter.

“I just feel terrible,” Gostkowski said. “These guys work a lot all day, put their bodies and lives on the line. For me to come out here, and us to lose by a point, and me miss the kick, it’s a nightmare scenario. I can’t really explain how I feel right now. It’s just kind of shock and feel I let a lot of people down. It’s just not a good feeling.”

With 1:49 left in the first quarter, the Patriots kicker came on for what is, for him, a routine 33-yard point-after try. But this wasn’t. The snap and hold seemed good but Gostkowski pushed the kick wide right.

“I didn’t hit a good kick,” Gostkowski said. “I’m not one to make excuses. I should’ve made it. I’ve made hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of those. Sometimes timing is everything and I never would’ve thought missing a kick in the first quarter would be the difference in the game. That’s why you’ve got to be good all the time and that wasn’t the case for me today.

“I’m always upset when I have a bad play. It’s part of the job. I feel sorry for myself but I’m not expecting people to feel sorry for me. I work hard to be good. And I came up short today. I let a lot of people down, a lot of guys on the team, a lot of fans. All I can do now is stand up here and take it all on me. I feel like I lost the game for the team.

“I should’ve been out there kicking that tying extra point and helping us go into overtime. It’s a sinking in feeling. I can’t put it into words. Nothing I can do about it now. I had a good week of practice. Just sometimes things don’t fall your way.”

In the end, even with his teammates consoling him, he couldn’t help but feel awful.

“It’s a nightmare scenario,” he said. “You want to help the team win. You don’t want to be the reason you lose. It’s not a good feeling. I deserve all the blame that I get and I’ll try to hold my head up high. I’m not going to make an excuse. I should have done better. I’m sorry I couldn’t come through.”

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Broncos kicker Brandon McManus could play big role in AFC championship 01.21.16 at 4:26 pm ET
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Broncos kicker Brandon McManus could make a difference in Sunday's game. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

Broncos kicker Brandon McManus could make a difference in Sunday’s game. (Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

FOXBORO — Everyone knows Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, but what about Broncos kicker Brandon McManus?

The 24-year old is in his second season in the league out of Temple.

Most recently he went 5-for-5 in the Broncos’ divisional round win over the Steelers, but has missed a few big kicks this year, which is always something to monitor when the difference between winning and losing could come down to a kick.

McManus was 30-for-35 overall this season, with all five of his misses coming from 40 or more yards away. He was 5-for-8 from 40-49 yards and 5-for-7 from 50 or more yards. His longest field goal on the year was 57 yards and he was also 35-for-36 on extra points.

His biggest miss came in Denver’s late season Monday Night Football matchup with the Bengals. McManus had a chance to win the game with four seconds left, but the kicker missed badly and the game went to overtime. Fortunately for the Broncos, they were able to come away with a win, but it was McManus’ first real clutch kick and he didn’t deliver.

For Gostkowski, he acknowledged kicking in Denver is different.

“I don’€™t say my pregame is different,” he said. “I just go into it with a different attitude. One of the best tips I’€™ve gotten was from Scott O’€™Brien, because he coached in Denver and he would see every other team come in there. I think the problem you can fall into is the idea that you can kick the ball off further, which will make you go out there and try to hit a home run every time. And you know what happens when a guy tries to hit a home run every time? They swing and miss a few times. So, knowing that the ball is going to go a little further, or it can go further, you still have to hit a good kick. They don’€™t give you extra points if you make a 50-yarder that goes over the net. You still have to make a good kick, and you still have to keep it straight.

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Why Patriots players love hands-on ‘Mean Mug’ Robert Kraft, consider him best owner in sports at 4:14 pm ET
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Robert Kraft has established himself as the most powerful owner in New England sports history. (Stew Milne/USA TODAY Sports)

Robert Kraft has established himself as the most powerful owner in New England sports history. (Stew Milne/USA TODAY Sports)

FOXBORO — Robert Kraft is one of the most successful owners in pro sports. He has established himself as the most powerful owner in New England sports history.

Forbes estimates his Patriots to be worth $3.2 billion, second only to the Cowboys in the NFL. Soccer’s Real Madrid ($3.26 billion) is just ahead of the Patriots in net value and the Patriots are tied with the Yankees on the list of valuable worldwide sports franchises.

Kraft has brought four Vince Lombardi trophies home to Foxboro and has been to three other Super Bowls.

But money and hardware aside, his players would tell you Robert Kraft is also the most loyal owner in sports.

“Every morning we see him in the squad meetings just sitting right there in the back just paying attention and that’€™s good to see as a player,” safety Patrick Chung said Thursday. “Most owners aren’€™t really doing that. He’€™s in there just paying attention. He’€™s always walking through the locker room, [I’€™ve] seen him working out and stuff.

“It’€™s good to know that he’€™s working just as hard as we are. We’€™re on the field, he’€™s off the field and it’€™s good to know, good to know that your owner has your back and he’€™s going to be there to make sure that he knows what’€™s going on, also. We like Mr. Kraft. We call him Mean Mug. Mean Mug, that’€™s our little thing that we’€™ve got so it’€™s good. It’€™s very good to see.”

Most successful owners in sports are the ones who are respected by the leaders on the field. That certainly is the case with the Patriots and Tom Brady.

“It’€™s obviously a huge impact on our team and our organization,” Brady said. “His expectations for us and how he sets the tone for us, he sits in almost every squad meeting that we have [and] I think he’€™s always got a pulse for how the team is doing, how the coaches feel about the particular week, how the players are feeling. He’€™s always involved, so I would say he’€™s very hands on. He used to come out to practice a lot more, but not as much lately. So, yeah, he really sets the tone for us.”

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Rob Gronkowski, Stephen Gostkowski land spots on PFWA All-NFL team 01.18.16 at 2:15 pm ET
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Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots advanced to the AFC title game with Saturday's win over the Chiefs.  (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski and the Patriots advanced to the AFC title game with Saturday’s win over the Chiefs. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Rob Gronkowski and Stephen Gostkowski keep loading up on postseason hardware.

The Pro Football Writers of America announced their All-NFL team Monday, with Gronkowski and Gostkowski landed spots on the team as representatives of the Patriots. Gronkowski and Gostkowski were two of seven Patriots selected for the Jan. 31 Pro Bowl in Hawaii (a trip they hope to miss with a win Sunday in Denver). Both players also landed spots on the first team NFL All-Pro team announced by the Associated Press last week.

Gostkowski made all 52 extra points this season from the new distance of 33 yards, extending his NFL record to 463 straight. He also converted 33-of-36 field goals this season. Gronkowski led the team in receptions (72), yards (1,176) and touchdowns (11). He also caught seven passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday’s win over the Chiefs.

The Carolina Panthers placed a league-high four players ‘€“ quarterback Cam Newton, center Ryan Kalil, middle linebacker Luke Kuechly and cornerback Josh Norman ‘€“ on the 2015 All-NFL team, chosen in voting conducted by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).

The Cardinals were second with three All-NFL selections, and five clubs ‘€“ the Cowboys, Patriots, Raiders, Rams and Vikings ‘€“ each had two players on the All-NFL team. In all, 17 clubs are represented among the 27 players honored by the PFWA.

Oakland’€™s Khalil Mack made history as the first player to be chosen PFWA All-NFL at two positions in the same year: defensive end and outside linebacker.

Nine players repeated from the PFWA’s 2014 All-NFL team: Kuechly, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Baltimore Ravens guard Marshal Yanda, Dallas Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith, Cleveland Browns tackle Joe Thomas, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller and Philadelphia Eagles punt returner Darren Sproles. Watt was selected to the PFWA’s All-NFL team for the fourth consecutive season, the longest current streak among active players, while Kuechly and Thomas were voted All-NFL for the third consecutive season.

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