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Since the Saints have the honor of playing in the Super Bowl next week, none of their players will be participating in todays all-star showdown. As such, we haven't discussed this game at all. So as a primer for the Pro Bowl this evening, here are some of the official NFL releases that I was emailed this week. 

Then be sure to come by this evening for CSC's official Pro Bowl open thread which will post at 5:20pm Central, one hour before kickoff.

2010 AFC-NFC PRO BOWL


SUNDAY, JANUARY 31

 

AFC ALL-STARS VS. NFC ALL-STARS

 

SERIES

 

AFC

NFC

LEADER (1971-2009)

 

20-19

STREAKS

 

4 of past 6

COACHES PRO BOWL RECORD

Turner: 0-1

Phillips: 0-0

LAST GAME

2/8/09: NFC 30, AFC 21 in Honolulu.  Arizona WR & 2009 Pro Bowl MVP Larry Fitzgerald catches 2 TD passes, including go-ahead score with 4:03 remaining, as NFC rallies to defeat AFC.

LAST GAME AT SITE

1/20/75: NFC 17, AFC 10 in Orange Bowl.  Los Angeles Rams QB James Harris throws 2 4th-quarter TD passes as NFC snaps 3-game AFC Pro Bowl winning streak.  Harris is named player of game.

BROADCAST

ESPN (7:20 PM ET): Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Ron Jaworski, Suzy Kolber & Michele Tafoya (Field reporters).  Westwood One Radio: Larry Kahn, Boomer Esiason, Dan Fouts, Mark Malone (Field reporter).  SIRIUS: 124 (WW1).  XM: 124 (WW1).

 

PRO BOWL STARTERS – ’09 STATS

 

QB

Schaub (Hou.): 396-583-4,770 (1L)-29-15-98.6

Rodgers (GB): 350-541-4,434 (2C)-30 (3C)-7-103.2 (3C)

RB

C. Johnson (Ten.): 358-2,006 (1L)-5.6-14 (T3L)

Peterson (Min.): 314-1,383 (2C)-4.4-18 (1L)

FB

L. McClain (Bal.): 46-180-3.9-2

Weaver (Phi.): 70-323-4.6-2

WR

A. Johnson (Hou.): 101 (T3L)-1,569 (1L)-15.5-9

Marshall (Den.): 101 (T3L)-1,120-11.1-10 (T2C)

D. Jackson (Phi.): 62-1,156-18.6-9

Austin (Dal.): 81-1,320 (1C)-16.3-11 (T3C)

TE

Gates (SD): 79-1,157-14.6-8

V. Davis (S.F.): 78-965-12.4-13 (T1L)

DE*

M. Williams (Hou.): 43-9-0-2

Vanden Bosch (Ten.): 44-3-0-2

Allen (Min.): 51-14.5 (1C)-1-5

Peppers (Car.): 42-10.5-2-5

DT*

Ngata (Bal.): 35-1.5-0-1

Wilfork (NE): 43-0-0-1

Dockett (Ari.): 51-7-1-0

Ratliff (Dal.): 40-6-0-2

ILB*

Lewis (Bal.): 134-3-0-2

Willis (S.F.): 152-4-3-3

OLB*

Dumervil (Den.): 49-17 (1L)-0-4

Harrison (Pit.): 79-10-0-5

Ware (Dal.): 57-11-0-5

Orakpo (R) (Was.): 50-11-0-1

CB*

Revis (NYJ): 54-0-6 (T2C)-0

Asomugha (Oak.): 34-0-1-0

Samuel (Phi.): 40-0-9 (T1L)-1

Newman (Dal.): 57-0-3-3

FS*

Meriweather (NE): 83-0-5-2

Collins (G.B.): 53-1-6-0

SS*

Dawkins (Den.): 116-0-2-1

Mikell (Phi.): 90-0-2-0

P

Lechler (Oak.): 51.1 (1L)

Lee (SF): 47.6 (1C)

K

Kaeding (SD): 146 (1L) (50/51 PAT; 32/35 FG)

Akers (Phil.): 139 (1C) (43/45 PAT; 32/37 FG)

KR

Cribbs (Cle.): 27.5

Knox (Chi.): 29.0

* Defensive Statistics – Tackles-Sacks-INT-FF

 

 

NOTES

GAME MARKS ONLY SECOND TIME Pro Bowl & Super Bowl are played in same city (1967, Los Angeles Coliseum)…AFC:  NORV TURNER & Chargers staff will coach AFC…QB MATT SCHAUB (Hou, 1st Pro Bowl) had franchise-record 4,770 passing yards, 29 TDs & 98.6 passer rating in ’09.  Schaub’s 9 300-yard games in ’09 tied for 3rd-best in a single season in NFL history (RICH GANNONDREW BREES, 10).  QB VINCE YOUNG (Ten, 2nd Pro Bowl) helped Titans become 1st team to reach .500 after starting season 0-6, finishing 8-8.  QB DAVID GARRARD (Jax, 1st Pro Bowl) had 3,597 passing yards in ’09, 4th-most in single-season in franchise history…RB CHRIS JOHNSON (Ten, 2nd Pro Bowl) became 6th player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards (2,006).  RB MAURICE JONES-DREW (Jax, 1st Pro Bowl) set franchise record w/15 rushing TDs in ’09.  Jones-Drew’s 1,391 rushing yards ranks 3rd in team annals for a single-season.  RB RAY RICE (Bal, 1st Pro Bowl) finished 2nd in franchise history w/2,043 scrimmage yards (JAMAL LEWIS, 2,271 in 2003)…FB LE’ RON MC CLAIN (Bal, 2nd) is AFC FB for 2nd consecutive season…WR ANDRE JOHNSON (Hou, 4th) joined MARVIN HARRISON (2001-02) as only players in NFL history to record at least 1,500 receiving yards in consecutive seasons.  In ’09, WR BRANDON MARSHALL (Den, 2nd) joined Harrison (4), JERRY RICE (3), HERMAN MOORE (3) &WES WELKER (3) as only players to have 100 receptions in at least 3 consecutive seasons.  WR CHAD OCHOCINCO (Cin, 6th) posted 7th season w/1,000 receiving yards in ’09 (1,047).  WR VINCENT JACKSON (SD, 1st Pro Bowl) had career-best 1,167 receiving yards this season, posting 2nd straight season w/1,000 receiving yards & career-high 9 TD rec.  TE ANTONIO GATES (SD, 6th) led all NFL TEs in ’09 w/1,157 receiving yards.  TE HEATH MILER (Pit, 1st Pro Bowl) set franchise single-season record for receptions among TEs w/76 catches in ’09…NICK MANGOLD (NYJ, 2nd) & KEVIN MAWAE (Ten, 8) are AFC’s centers.  RYAN CLADY (Den, 1st Pro Bowl), JOE THOMAS (Cle, 3rd) &D’BRICKASHAW FERGUSON (NYJ, 1st) are AFC’s tackles.  LOGAN MANKINS (NE, 2nd), ALAN FANECA (NYJ, 9th) & KRIS DIELMAN (SD, 3rd) are AFC’s guards…DE MARIO WILLIAMS (Hou, 2nd) ranks 3rd in NFL w/35 sacks since ’07.  DE KYLE VANDEN BOSCH (Ten, 3rd) leads Titans w/38.5 sacks since ’05.  DE SHAUN ELLIS (NYJ, 2nd) helped defense rank 1st in NFL in ’09 in points per game (14.8), yards per game (252.3) & pass yards per game (153.7).  DT HALOTI NGATA (Bal) will make 1st Pro Bowl appearance.  DT VINCE WILFORK (NE, 2) attended Univ. of Mia. (Fla).  DT CASEY HAMPTON  (Pit, 5th) helped Steelers defense rank 3rd in NFL in rushing yards per game (89.9).  LB RAY LEWIS(Bal, 10th Pro Bowl) has led Ravens in tackles 12 times during his 14 seasons & has registered at least 150 tackles 11 times.   LB ELVIS DUMERVIL (Den, 1st Pro Bowl) set Broncos single-season sack record w/17 & became 1st Bronco to lead NFL in sacks.  LB JAMES HARRISON (Pit, 3rd) ranks 4th in NFL w/26 sacks since ’08.  LB LA MARR WOODLEY (Pit, 1st Pro Bowl) finished season with 8 consecutive games with at least 0.5+ sack, most in team history (GREG LLOYD, 6 games).  CB NNAMDI ASOMUGHA (Oak) was selected to 2nd consecutive Pro Bowl.  Incl. postseason CB DARRELLE REVIS (NYJ, 2nd) had 8 INTs in ’09 & helped Jets pass defense rank 1st in NFL.  Since ’99, CB CHAMP BAILEY (Den, 9th) leads all active NFL CBs w/46 INTs.  S BRIAN DAWKINS (Den, 8) will make 1st All-Star appearance as AFCer.  S BRANDON MERIWEATHER had career-high & tied for team-best w/5 INTs.  S YEREMIAH BELL (Mia, 1st Pro Bowl) led team w/114 tackles…P SHANE LECHLER (Oak, 5) set NFL record for net punting average in season (43.9) & recorded 2nd-highest yards (51.1) per punt average (SAMMY BAUGH, 51.4).  K NATE KAEDING (SD, 2nd) led NFL kickers w/146 points, incl. 32 FGs…ST KASSIM OSGOOD (SD, 3rd) had 13 special team tackles in ’09.  LS JON CONDO (Oak) will make 1st Pro Bowl appearance.  KR JOSHUA CRIBBS has 8 career KR-TDs, most in NFL history.

 

NFC:  WADE PHILLIPS & Dallas staff will coach NFC…QB AARON RODGERS (GB, 1st Pro Bowl) had 4,434 pass yards & became 1st player in NFL history to throw for 4,000+ yards in each of 1st 2 seasons as starter.  QB DONOVAN MC NABB (Phi, 5th) passed for 3,553 yards & 22 TDs to become 1st Eagles QB with 3,000+ pass yards & 20+ pass TDs in 5 different seasons.  QB TONY ROMO (Dal, 3rd) passed for franchise-record 4,483 yards…RB ADRIAN PETERSON (Min, 3rd) rushed for 1,383 yards & 18 TDs, joining HOFersEARL CAMPBELL & BARRY SANDERS as only players with 1,300+ yards & 10+ TDs in each of 1st 3 years.  Named MVP of 2008 Pro Bowl.  RB DE ANGELO WILLIAMS (Car, 1st) has 2,632 rush yards since 2008, 4th most in NFL.  RB FRANK GORE (SF, 2nd) rushed for 1,120 yards, 1st 49er with 4 consecutive 1,000-yard seasons…FB LEONARD WEAVER (Phi, 1st) scored career-high 4 TDs (2 rush, 2 rec.)…WR MILES AUSTIN (Dal, 1st) led NFL with 8 rec. TDs of 20+ yards.  WR DE SEAN JACKSON tied NFL record with 8 TDs of 50+ yards.  Selected at both WR & KR.  WR STEVE SMITH (NYG, 1st) had franchise-record 107 receptions.  WR RODDY WHITE (Atl, 2nd) became 1st Falcon with 80+ catches & 1,100+ yards in 3 consecutive seasons…TE VERNON DAVIS (SF, 1st) had 13 rec. TDs, tied for most by TE in season in NFL history.  TE JASON WITTEN (Dal, 5th) had 94 catches & 1,030 yards, his 2nd career 90-catch, 1,000-yard season…SHAUN O’HARA (NYG, 2nd) & RYAN KALIL (Car, 1st) are NFC’s centers.  JASON PETERS (Phi, 3rd),BRYANT MC KINNIE (Min, 1st) & DAVID DIEHL (NYG, 1st) are NFC’s tackles.  STEVE HUTCHINSON (Min, 7th), LEONARD DAVIS (Dal, 3rd) & CHRIS SNEE (NYG, 2nd) are NFC’s guards…DE JARED ALLEN (Min, 3rd) had 14.5 sacks & is only player in NFL with 14.5 sacks in each of past 3 seasons.  DE JULIUS PEPPERS (Car, 5th) had 10.5 sacks, his 6th career season with 10+ sacks.  DE TRENT COLE (Phi, 2nd) had 0.5+ sack in 11 of 16 games (12.5 sacks)…DT DARNELL DOCKETT (Arz, 2nd) had 7 sacks, most by DT. DT JAY RATLIFF (Dal, 2nd) had 6 sacks, 2 FFs & 4 FRs.  DT JUSTIN SMITH (SF, 1st) has started 139 consecutive games, longest current streak by D-lineman…LB PATRICK WILLIS (SF, 3rd) has led team in tackles all 3 seasons.  LB DE MARCUS WARE (Dal, 4th) has 45 sacks since 2007, most in NFL.  LBs BRIAN ORAKPO (Was, 1st) & CLAY MATTHEWS (GB, 1st) were top 2 among rookies in sacks (Orakpo 11, Matthews 10).  LB LONDON FLETCHER (Was, 1st) has recorded 100+ tackles in each of past 11 seasons…CB ASANTE SAMUEL (Phi, 3rd) has 29 INTs since 2006, most in NFL.  CB TERENCE NEWMAN (Dal, 2nd) had 3 INTs & career-high 3 FFs.  CB MIKE JENKINS (Dal, 1st) had career-best 5 INTs…S NICK COLLINS (GB, 2nd) has 13 INTs since 2008, most by S in NFL.  S QUINTIN MIKELL (Phi, 1st) led Eagles in tackles for 2nd consecutive season.  S ANTREL ROLLE (Arz, 1st) had 4 INTs, his 2nd most in season…KR-PR JOHNNY KNOX (Chi, 1st) tied for 5th among rookies with 6 TDs.  K DAVID AKERS (Phi, 4th) led NFC with 139 points.  LS JON DORENBOS (Phi) makes 1st PB appearance. P ANDY LEE (SF, 2nd) led NFC with 47.6 yards per punt.  LB HEATH FARWELL (Min, 1st) was named NFC’s special teamer. 

  

WHAT TO LOOK FOR – 2010 AFC-NFC PRO BOWL

 

IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME:  As the stars from the AFC and NFC descend upon South Florida this week, so too will eager fans excited to see the best in the business compete in the battle of NFL All-Stars.

 

In its first year as the signature kickoff event to Super Bowl week, the Pro Bowl will get the festivities started on a high note.  The game is set to feature an impressive crowd of more than 70,000 – the highest for a Pro Bowl in more than 50 years.  The highest attendance for a Pro Bowl occurred in 1959, when 72,250 took in the game from historic LA Coliseum.

 

In addition to being the first Pro Bowl played before the Super Bowl, this year will mark only the second time the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl have been played in the same city.  The Pro Bowl in 1967 was played in the Los Angeles Coliseum the week after Super Bowl I.

 

The largest crowds in Pro Bowl History:

 

THE LARGEST CROWDS IN PRO BOWL HISTORY

ATTENDANCE

DATE

LOCATION

72,250

1/11/59

LA Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA)

???

1/31/10

Sun Life Stadium (South Florida)

67,242

1/12/64

LA Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA)

66,918

1/20/74

Arrowhead Stadium (Kansas City, MO)

66,634

1/12/58

LA Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA)

64,752

1/17/77

Kingdome (Seattle, WA)

62,971

1/15/61

LA Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA)

61,374

1/13/63

LA Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA)

60,598

1/10/65

LA Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA)

60,124

1/15/66

LA Coliseum (Los Angeles, CA)

 

  

 

HIGH SCORE:  It has been a banner year for offenses across the National Football League, thanks in large part due to high-flying passing attacks led by some of the game’s best quarterbacks.  The 2010 Pro Bowl features Houston Texans quarterback MATT SCHAUB, the league’s leader in passing yards (4,770), starting for the AFC squad.  The NFC will counter with AARON RODGERS of the Green Bay Packers, another 4,000-yard passer (4,434) who also threw for 30 touchdowns on the season.  Other quarterbacks taking part in the game include TONY ROMO, DONOVAN MC NABB, DAVID GARRARD and VINCE YOUNG.

 

With all of that talent at quarterback combined with some of the game’s most gifted playmakers, the sky is the limit for the scoring this Sunday.  High scores have been a recent trend at the Pro Bowl.  In fact, the six highest combined scores in Pro Bowl history have occurred in the last decade.

 

The highest combined scores in Pro Bowl history:

 

YEAR

WINNER (PTS.)

LOSER (PTS.)

TOTAL POINTS

2004

NFC (55)

AFC (52)

107

2000

NFC (51)

AFC (31)

82

2008

NFC (42)

AFC (30)

72

2002

AFC (38)

NFC (30)

68

2003

AFC (45)

NFC (20)

65

2005

AFC (38)

NFC (27)

65

 

  

 

STREAK-FREE SHINE:  Three-game winning streaks have been rare in the Pro Bowl.  While each side has been able to record two straight wins a number of times, that third win in a row has proven to be elusive.  Since 1970, there have only been four winning streaks of three games or more by either the AFC or the NFC in the Pro Bowl.

 

The NFC has won two consecutive Pro Bowls, most recently a 42-30 victory in 2009.  With a win this Sunday, they could notch just the fifth winning streak of three games or more since 1970.  It would also mark the second time the NFC would have accomplished this feat.

 

Three-game winning streaks in the Pro Bowl (since 1970):

 

TEAM

YEARS

STREAK

NFC

1978-1981

4

AFC

1972-1974

3

AFC

1997-1999

3

AFC

2001-2003

3

                                                             

  

 

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON:  When the players take the field this Sunday, one player who will be donning NFC blue is Packers rookie linebacker CLAY MATTHEWS.  Matthews, the son of four-time All-Star CLAY MATTHEWS, will join six other father-son duos to participate in the Pro Bowl since 1970.

 

The father-son duos to play in the Pro Bowl since 1970:

 

FATHER SON DUOS IN PRO BOWL SINCE 1970

FATHER

SON(S)

Bob Griese

Brian Griese

Archie Manning

Peyton Manning & Eli Manning

Ernie McMillan

Erik McMillan

Terry Metcalf

Eric Metcalf

Mosi Tatupu

Lofa Tatupu

Kellen Winslow

Kellen Winslow

Clay Matthews

Clay Matthews

 

  

 

NOT THAT YOUNG:  Another impressive rookie taking the field for the NFC this weekend is Washington Redskins standout linebacker BRIAN ORAKPO.  Orakpo finished the season with 11.0 sacks, which placed him first among a talented rookie class on defense and tied for 7th overall in the NFL.   

 

If either Orakpo or Matthews registers a sack on Sunday, they would join Kansas City Chiefs linebacker DERRICK THOMAS (1990) as the only rookies to record a sack in Pro Bowl annals.

 

  

 

ONE IF BY LAND, TWO IF BY AIR:  Tennessee Titans and AFC running back CHRIS JOHNSON was a force on offense this season, racking up yards both on the ground and through the air.  Johnson became just the sixth player in NFL history to rush for 2,000 yards (2,006) in a season while also setting the single-season scrimmage yards record (2,509).

 

The Pro Bowl record for yards from scrimmage in a single game was set by RANDY MOSS in 2000 when he recorded an impressive 212 receiving yards. 

 

Johnson will not be alone Sunday in his quest to eclipse Moss’ record.  In the top five already and on the field Sunday will be Bengals wide receiver CHAD OCHOCINCO, who ranks fourth in Pro Bowl history with his 2004 performance of 153 scrimmage yards.  Baltimore running back RAY RICE, who in his second year out Rutgers has established himself as one of the NFL’s premier duel-threat running backs, will also suit up for the AFC in the Pro Bowl.  Rice finished second in the league this season with 2,041 yards from scrimmage.

 


The most yards from scrimmage in a single game in Pro Bowl history:

 

YEAR

PLAYER

YARDS FROM SCRIMMAGE

2000

Randy Moss

212

1995

Marshall Faulk

207

1973

O.J. Simpson

170

2004

*Chad Ochocinco

156

1997

Tim Brown

141

                                             2010 Pro Bowl selection

           

  

 

THREE-PETE:  Minnesota Vikings and NFC running back ADRIAN PETERSON finished with an NFL-best 18 rushing touchdowns this season.  One of the league’s best young players, it is no wonder Peterson is at his best when NFL stars align each year at the Pro Bowl.  For his Pro Bowl career, Peterson has 3 rushing touchdowns, tying him for first all-time with EARL CAMPBELL, CHUCK MUNCIE and MIKE ALSTOTT.

 

With one rushing touchdown, Peterson can set the record for most rushing touchdowns in Pro Bowl history.  With three all purpose touchdowns; he can set the record for most career Pro Bowl touchdowns with six.  Many are tied with five.

 

  

 

FIREWORKS DISPLAY:  Big play wide receivers were the norm in the NFL in 2009, and the Pro Bowl should be no exception.  Nobody better exemplified this trend than Philadelphia Eagles and NFC wide receiver DE SEAN JACKSON.  Jackson finished the season with 12 total touchdowns (9 receiving), averaging 52.8 yards per touchdown.

 

Jackson is also believed to be the first player to be voted a starter at two positions in the Pro Bowl since at least 1970.  Voted as both the starting wide receiver and kick returner, Jackson will start the game at the wide receiver position.

 

Along with Jackson, receivers with big play potential such as ANDRE JOHNSON, MILES AUSTIN and SIDNEY RICE will also be suiting up.  With so many receivers able to stretch the field, don’t be surprised to see a few long touchdown receptions when the AFC and NFC collide this Sunday in South Florida.

 

The five longest touchdown receptions in Pro Bowl history:

 

YEAR

PLAYER

YARDS

1996

Yancy Thigpen

93

2004

Chad Ochocinco

90*

1997

Tim Brown

80

2007

Reggie Wayne

72

1976

Ken Burrough     

64

2010 Pro Bowl selection