#NFL News and Notes - December 29, 2010

Minnesota Vikings 24, Philadelphia Eagles 14

Adrian Peterson and a solid defensive gameplan spurred the Vikings to an impressive win over a quality opponent on the road and under bizarre circumstances...Vikings rookie quarterback Joe Webb played turnover-free football in winning his first NFL start...If healthy, Brett Favre will start the regular season finale against Detroit.

A pathetic effort ended the Eagles' hopes of a playoff bye...Eagles quarterback Michael Vick reverted back to the erratic player he was in Atlanta...Vick has a quad contusion on his left leg.

NFL News and Notes

Buffalo Bills wide receiver Paul Hubbard was signed off the practice squad on Monday.

An AFC-high six New England Patriots made the Pro Bowl, including the first trip for linebacker/tackling machine Jerod Mayo.

Jenny Vrentas of The Star-Ledger notes that the three New York Jets Pro Bowlers signed contract extensions in the summer.

Miami Dolphins linebacker Cameron Wake and left tackle Jake Long are headed to Hawaii.

Kicker Billy Cundiff and a quartet of Baltimore Ravens defensive players are going to the Pro Bowl this season.

Pittsburgh Steelers first-round center Maurkice Pouncey was named to the Pro Bowl in his rookie season.

Cleveland Browns left tackle Joe Thomas is the team's only Pro Bowl player.

For a third straight season, the Cincinnati Bengals were shut out of the Pro Bowl, reports Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Indianapolis Colts tight end Jacob Tamme is becoming a weapon on offense, writes Phil Richards of the Indianapolis Star.

Two Tennessee Titans, including rookie punt returner Marc Mariani, are Honolulu-bound.

Three Jacksonville Jaguars were named to the AFC's Pro Bowl squad, with Maurice Jones-Drew pegged to start.

Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson, a perennial Pro Bowler, will be joined in Hawaii by the Texans' battery in the running game.

It's time for the San Diego Chargers to sign Vincent Jackson to a long-term extension, writes Nick Canepa of the San Diego Union-Tribune.

A trio of Oakland Raiders are headed to the Pro Bowl.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd's career year will conclude with a trip to the Pro Bowl.

Three Kansas City Chiefs made the Pro Bowl, while several deserving players were snubbed.

St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson is headed to his third Pro Bowl.

Being shut out of the Pro Bowl may be a motivator for the Seattle Seahawks, writes Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune.

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis is going to his fourth straight Pro Bowl.

Arizona Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson was the team's lone Pro Bowler, though the team does have a handful of alternates.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and guards Carl Nicks and Jahri Evans were named to the NFC's Pro Bowl team.

Despite their 9-6 record, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed zero players on the Pro Bowl roster.

Monday night's loss could re-focus the Atlanta Falcons for the playoffs, writes D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Carolina Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross is the team's only Pro Bowl selection.

The Washington Redskins and Donovan McNabb need a quick end to their relationship, writes Jason Reid of The Washington Post.

Four New York Giants were named to the Pro Bowl team, with six players on stand-by.

Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and first-round defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh were named Pro Bowl starters on Tuesday.

Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs became the fourth linebacker in team history to go to six straight Pro Bowls.

Five Green Bay Packers were named to the Pro Bowl, with Aaron Rodgers and Tramon Williams named first alternates.

Today's NFL birthdays: Cardinals nose tackle Alan Branch (26), Falcons running back Jason Snelling (27) and first-round linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (23), Texans linebacker Kevin Bentley (31), Chiefs first-round safety Eric Berry (22), Saints head coach Sean Payton (47), Giants wide receiver Darius Reynaud (25), Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham (29), Redskins safety Chris Horton (25), free agent wide receivers Laveranues Coles (33) and Marques Hagan (28), safety Will Harris (24), guard Nevin McCaskill (27), and linebacker Brandon Renkart (26). Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Nitschke would have turned 74 today. Retired quarterback Jay Fiedler (39) and defensive end Tony Tolbert (43).

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