The New England Patriots' Tom Brady tied an NFL record with his 14th Pro Bowl selection Tuesday night, while breakout stars such as Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, New York Giants rookie running back Saquon Barkley and undrafted Denver Broncos rookie running back Phillip Lindsay earned their first selections.
Brady joined Peyton Manning, Tony Gonzalez, Bruce Matthews and Merlin Olsen as the only five players with 14 Pro Bowl selections. But the Patriots had only two players selected to the Jan. 27 game in Orlando, Florida, with cornerback Stephon Gilmore joining Brady.
The surging Los Angeles Chargers, meanwhile, led all teams with seven Pro Bowl selections, continuing their hot streak after Thursday night's win over the division-rival Chiefs.
Quarterback Philip Rivers, center Mike Pouncey, running back Melvin Gordon, receiver Keenan Allen, defensive end Melvin Ingram and safeties Derwin James and Adrian Phillips were selected. It marked the most Pro Bowlers the Chargers have had since 10 players made the trip to Hawaii in 2008.
"It feels amazing," James said of earning the honor as a rookie. "I set out goals for myself this year that I wanted to accomplish, and this is one of many.
"That's special, to be able to know that you're among the best in the league, because everyone doesn't make the Pro Bowl. I'm happy as hell."
James leads the Chargers with 93 combined tackles to go with 3.5 sacks and three interceptions.
Through 14 games, Rivers is tied for third in the league in passing touchdowns (31), fifth in completion percentage (69.4 percent) and tied for seventh in passing yards (3,951). Dating to last season, Rivers has completed a touchdown pass in 26 straight games.
The Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers had six selections apiece. The New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys each had five, including Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who earned his 12th Pro Bowl selection, moving him into a tie for ninth place in NFL history.
Lindsay is the second undrafted rookie to be selected to the Pro Bowl and the first on offense. Former longtime Cowboys cornerback Everson Walls was the other in 1981.
"I am so blessed to be selected to my first Pro Bowl!!," Lindsay wrote on Instagram. "It is a tremendous honor and I am so thankful to all of Broncos Country for supporting and believing in me this season."
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson became the 13th player to make the Pro Bowl in each of his first eight seasons. The most recent player to do so was former Cleveland Browns lineman Joe Thomas. The other 11 players are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Elliott (1,892 yards from scrimmage), Gurley (1,831), Barkley (1,809), McCaffrey (1,747), Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones (1,523) and Kamara (1,487) rank as the top six players in scrimmage yards in the NFL. Kamara's 16 touchdowns rank second behind only Gurley's 21.
Because that NFC running back group is so deep, the Washington Redskins' Adrian Peterson was stopped short of earning his eighth Pro Bowl appearance, despite having 1,123 yards from scrimmage and eight touchdowns at the age of 33.
Fullback: Anthony Sherman
Strong safety: Jamal Adams
Kicker: Jason Myers
Long-snapper: To be named by coach
Punter: Brett Kern
Return specialist: Andre Roberts
Special-teamer: Adrian Phillips
Fullback: Kyle Juszczyk
Strong safety: Landon Collins
Kicker: Aldrick Rosas
Long-snapper: To be named by coach
Punter: Michael Dickson
Return specialist: Tarik Cohen
Special-teamer: Cory Littleton
ESPN Stats & Information and ESPN's Eric D. Williams contributed to this report.