Peyton Manning's season will end with a trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl or one to the Meadowlands for the Super Bowl.
The Broncos' record-setting quarterback was named Friday night to the Pro Bowl. It's his 13th selection to the NFL's all-star game, which will be played Jan. 26 in Honolulu. Manning was among five Broncos selected. The others: kicker Matt Prater, wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, tight end Julius Thomas and guard Louis Vasquez.
It's the second time Demaryius Thomas has been selected and the first for Prater, Vasquez and Julius Thomas.
Denver guard Zane Beadles, safety David Bruton, wide receiver Eric Decker, linebacker Von Miller, running back Knowshon Moreno, center Manny Ramirez, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and wide receiver Wes Welker were chosen as alternates.
"Yeah, I think I'm happy for them," coach John Fox said in advance of the announcement. "With team success comes some individual attention, and I would suspect we have a few."
The Broncos are 12-3, tied with the Seattle Seahawks for the best record in the NFL.
The Pro Bowl is the weekend before the Super Bowl, so players from the AFC and NFC championship teams won't be playing in Honolulu.
This season, the Pro Bowl format has changed. The game won't be the AFC against the NFC. The teams will be determined in a Jan. 22 draft.
Manning received 1,432,257 votes from fans, most among NFL players. Voting ended Thursday. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees received the second-most votes from fans. He finished with 1,206,000, more than 200,000 fewer than Manning. Manning's success in the voting by fans - as well as his being named to the Pro Bowl - came as little surprise. He broke the NFL season record for touchdown passes last weekend in Houston and has an opportunity for more records in the Broncos' regular-season finale Sunday at Oakland. In 15 games this season, he has completed 425 passes for 5,211 yards and 51 touchdowns.
"I'd say he's a strong candidate (for the Pro Bowl)," Fox, laughing, said earlier in the week of Manning.
Prater set an NFL record with his 64-yard field goal Dec. 8. Demaryius Thomas has 86 receptions for 1,317 yards and 12 touchdowns. Julius Thomas has 60 for 752 and 12. Vasquez anchors one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. Denver's line has protected Manning well despite losing injured all-pro tackle Ryan Clady in Week 2.
Manning was the only Denver player to appear among the top 10 in votes from fans, but he wasn't the only Bronco to accrue the most votes from fans at his position. Beadles led NFL guards with 239,610 votes. Three teammates - Bruton (special teams), Trindon Holliday (punt returner) and Julius Thomas (tight end) - received the second-most votes from fans at their respective positions.
Pro Bowl selections are determined by votes from players, fans and coaches, with each group counting one-third toward the final total.