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Vikings' Patterson first-team, Peterson second-team All-Pro

Posted by: Master Tesfatsion under Vikings rookies Updated: January 3, 2014 - 11:51 AM

The awards continue to pile up for rookie wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.

He was announced as rookie Offensive Player of the Month on Thursday and made the Pro Bowl as a return specialist this morning. The latest: Patterson made the Associated Press All-Pro team as a kick returner.

Patterson was the only Vikings on the first team. Running back Adrian Peterson made second team behind first-teamers Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles.

Peterson was a unanimous selection last year and earned MVP honors. He dealt with a foot and groin injuries for most of the season but still finished five in rushing yards (1,266).

There is no official "second team," but the second team is usually compiled by using the top vote-getters who don't make the first team.  Thus, the second team has no quarterback, because no other quarterback received votes.

Here is the All-Pro team:


FIRST TEAM
OFFENSE
Quarterback: Peyton Manning, Denver. Running backs: LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia; Jamaal Charles, Kansas City. Fullback: Mike Tolbert, Carolina. Tight end: Jimmy Graham, New Orleans. Wide receivers: Calvin Johnson, Detroit; Josh Gordon, Cleveland. Tackles: Joe Thomas, Cleveland; Jason Peters, Philadelphia. Guards: Louis Vasquez, Denver; Evan Mathis, Philadelphia. Center: Ryan Kalil, Carolina. Placekicker: Justin Tucker, Baltimore. Kick Returner: Cordarrelle Patterson, Minnesota.
DEFENSE
Ends: J.J. Watt, Houston; Robert Quinn, St. Louis. Tackles: Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit. Outside linebackers: Robert Mathis, Indianapolis; Lavonte David, Tampa Bay. Inside linebacker: Luke Kuechly, Carolina; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco. Cornerbacks: Richard Sherman, Seattle; Patrick Peterson, Arizona. Safeties: Earl Thomas, Seattle; Eric Berry, Kansas City. Punter: Johnny Hekker, St. Louis.

SECOND TEAM
OFFENSE
Quarterback: None. Running backs: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota; Eddie Lacy, Green Bay. Fullback: Marcel Reece, Oakland. Tight end: Vernon Davis, San Francisco. Wide receivers: A.J. Green, Cincinnati; Demaryius Thomas, Denver, and Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh. Tackles: Tyron Smith, Dallas; Joe Staley, San Francisco. Guards--Jahri Evans, New Orleans; Logan Mankins, New England, and Josh Sitton, Green Bay. Center: Alex Mack, Cleveland. Placekicker: Matt Prater, Denver. Kick returner: Dexter McCluster, Kansas City.
DEFENSE
Ends: Mario Williams, Buffalo; Greg Hardy, Carolina. Tackles: Dontari Poe, Kansas City; Muhammad Wilkerson, New York Jets, Jurrell Casey, Tennessee, and Justin Smith, San Francisco. Outside Linebackers--Tamba Hali, Kansas City; Ahmad Brooks, San Francisco. Inside linebackers: Vontaze Burfict, Cincinnati; Karlos Dansby, Arizona. Cornerbacks: Aqib Talib, New England; Joe Haden, Cleveland, and Alterraun Verner, Tennessee. Safeties: Eric Weddle, San Diego; Kam Chancellor, Seattle, Jairus Byrd, Buffalo, T.J. Ward, Cleveland, Devin McCourty, New England, and Antrel Rolle, New York Giants. Punter: Brandon Fields, Miami.

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Pittsburgh - LP: F. Liriano 0 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: J. Cueto 4
Tampa Bay - LP: J. Odorizzi 0 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: M. Gonzalez 3
Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Hammel 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Tanaka 3
St. Louis - LP: J. Kelly 1 FINAL
Milwaukee - WP: W. Peralta 5
NY Mets - WP: D. Gee 5 FINAL
Arizona - LP: B. McCarthy 2
Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran 1 FINAL
Philadelphia - LP: C. Lee 0
Chicago Cubs - LP: T. Wood 0 FINAL
NY Yankees - WP: M. Pineda 2
Cleveland 3 Bottom 9th Inning
Detroit 2
Washington - WP: D. Storen 6 FINAL
Miami - LP: M. Dunn 3
Seattle 2 Bottom 8th Inning
Texas 1
Boston 1 Bottom 6th Inning
Chicago WSox 3
Kansas City 2 Top 7th Inning
Houston 4
Toronto 0 Postponed
Minnesota 0
Oakland 0 Top 2nd Inning
LA Angels 0
Colorado 0 Top 2nd Inning
San Diego 0
Los Angeles 0 Bottom 1st Inning
San Francisco 0
Chicago 86 FINAL
Charlotte 91
Indiana 101 FINAL
Orlando 86
Atlanta 111 FINAL
Milwaukee 103
Dallas 90 4th Qtr 1:59
Memphis 91
Detroit 110 4th Qtr 2:07
Oklahoma City 106
Houston 100 FINAL
New Orleans 105
LA Lakers 113 FINAL
San Antonio 100
Brooklyn 85 FINAL
Cleveland 114
Philadelphia 95 4th Qtr 3:15
Miami 85
Utah 111 1st OT 4:03
Minnesota 110
Washington 118 FINAL
Boston 102
Toronto 90 4th Qtr 1:39
New York 90
Golden State 9:30 PM
Denver
LA Clippers 9:30 PM
Portland
Phoenix 9:30 PM
Sacramento
Montreal 4 1st OT 7:26
Tampa Bay 4
Columbus 3 FINAL
Pittsburgh 4
Dallas 0 1st Prd 15:35
Anaheim 1
Philadelphia 1 FINAL
Red Bull New York 2

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