National Football League
         === Blount, Milliner, Vinatieri selected as AFC's top players ===
 New   York,  NY  (  -  New  England  Patriots  running  back
 LeGarrette  Blount, New  York Jets  cornerback Dee  Milliner and  Indianapolis
 Colts  kicker  Adam Vinatieri were selected  as the AFC's top players for Week
 17 of the NFL season.
 Blount  rushed for  a career-high  189 yards  and two  touchdowns to  lead the
 Patriots  to  a 34-20 win  over Buffalo  to secure the  AFC East title and the
 second  overall seed  in the  AFC Playoffs.  Blount also  carved up  the Bills
 special  teams  unit for 145  return yards. His 334  total yards is a Patriots
 Milliner  recorded four tackles, two interceptions and five passes defensed in
 the  Jets'  20-7 win over  the Miami Dolphins.  The rookie finished with three
 interceptions  in the month of December, tied for the highest total in the AFC
 for the month.
 Vinatieri converted all three field goals he attempted in the Colts' 30-10 win
 over Jacksonville. His second of the day, a 26-yarder on the final play of the
 first  half,  made him one  of seven players in  NFL history with 2,000 career
 points.  He went on  to pass George Blanda (2,002) and Matt Stover (2,004) for
 fifth  place on the all-time list with his 39-yarder in the fourth quarter. He
 has at least one point in 161 straight games.
 12/31 14:17:35 ET