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In a game marked by plenty of unusual but entertaining plays -- laterals on interception returns, several onside kicks, a quarterback attempting to kick an extra point -- the AFC was eventually able to put some distance between itself and the NFC and won 59-41. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall took home MVP honors after catching six passes for 177 yards and four touchdowns.
Several Denver Broncos players factored into the AFC's victory. Linebacker Von Miller finished with five tackles and the team's only sack; Brian Dawkins had three tackles; Champ Bailey had three tackles and recovered a fumble; Willis McGahee carried the ball four times for 23 yards and had one reception for 20 yards.
The AFC managed to break open what had been a close game with a three-touchdown run to start the fourth quarter, which included a pick six.
The 2012 Pro Bowl gets underway on Sunday night in Hawaii one week before the big game, Super Bowl XLVI, takes place in Indianapolis, Ind. It's a tale of two different cities that are hosting big-time NFL games. However, the Pro Bowl is only a big-game in conception only. It's an exhibition game between two teams that don't play much defense, if at all.
However, this year NBC is offering the game via live online streaming and on select mobile devices. Now there's no need to be tied to a TV for what could be a rousing offensive game. Throw in that the NFL is allowing players to tweet during the game, from a specially designated, and this could be better than the usual Pro Bowl.
Game time/date: 5:00 p.m. MT, Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012
Location: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI
TV: NBC Streaming: NBCSports.com
Announcers: Dan Hicks. Mike Mayock and Doug Flutie will be in the booth. Alex Flanagan andwill be the sideline reporters.
The Denver Broncos have six total players in the 2012 Pro Bowl, three as starters and three who made it as replacement fill-ins. The starters are defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil, rookie linebacker Von Miller and cornerback Champ Bailey. Dumervil overcame injuries early in the season and wound up with 9.5 sacks on the season. He had missed all of 2010 due to injury. Miller recorded 11.5 sacks as a rookie and quickly became a leader on defense. Bailey, as always, proved to be one of the best cover corners in the league.
The three replacement players are running back Willis McGahee, offensive tackle Ryan Clady and safety Brian Dawkins. Dawkins missed the last several games of the season due a neck injury, but he plans on playing in the game.
Tim Tebow was the second alternate at quarterback and lost out on making it into the Pro Bowl with Andy Dalton taking Tom Brady's place in the game. He would have been unlikely to play in the game, anyway, with the chest injuries he sustained against the Patriots a couple of weeks ago.
Denver Broncos safety Brian Dawkins expects to play in the 2012 NFL Pro Bowl despite missing the playoffs while dealing with a neck injury, according to Vic Lombardi of CBS4 in Denver. Dawkins told Lombardi that he will play in the Pro Bowl in spite of his neck issues, although he's still unsure of whether he'll continue to play next season or retire.
Dawkins, 38, appeared in 14 games for Denver in 2011, including 12 starts. He played well for most of the season, recording 38 tackles and three sacks, but he couldn't finish strong down the stretch as the injuries impacted his play. After missing both of Denver's playoff games, though, it appears that he doesn't want his season to end due to the injuries.
The safety's contract runs through 2013, but there's a general expectation that Dawkins could retire this offseason. He's already one of the older players in the entire league as he nears age 40, and the injuries may be too much to handle for a guy that's been in the league since 1996.
The veteran safety was named an alternate in late December, and made the AFC squad in place of Pittsburgh safety, who will not participate due to injury.
Dawkins will join five of his Denver teammates in Hawaii for the game on Jan. 29: Ryan Clady, Willis McGahee, Von Miller, Elvis Dumervil and Champ Bailey. The Bronocos have not had this many participants in the game since seven attended back in 2001.
Dawkins, who has spent 16 seasons in the NFL, had 51 tackles in 14 games for the Broncos in 2011.
The Denver Broncos will have two more Pro Bowl participant in two weeks when the 2012 Pro Bowl takes place in Hawaii. Denver Broncos offensive tackle Ryan Clady was named an alternate when rosters were announced and now he has been chosen to be on the AFC roster with the Miami Dolphins' Jake Long out due to injury.
It's official, heading to Hawaii for the pro bowl next week. S/O to everyone who voted, appreciate it. #blessed— Ryan Clady (@RyanClady) January 17, 2012
Clady has played in every game over his first four years and made multiple Pro Bowls.
The Broncos' other participants are linebacker Von Miller, defensive end Elvis Dumervil and cornerback Champ Bailey. Tim Tebow, Brian Dawkins, Matt Prater and Britton Colquitt were also named alternates, but the latter three are unlikely to make it. Tebow, though, could go if two out of Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers bow out. Tebow is supposedly the second alternate.
The 2012 Pro Bowl rosters are out and there are several snubs who played exceptionally well against the Denver Broncos this season. SB Nation's Joel Thorman broke down several of these Pro Bowl snubs. First up is Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was passed over for New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. This seems to be a case of choosing a big name over the player who performed better. As for what Stafford did against the the Broncos, he was 21-of-30 for 267 yards and three touchdown passes.
The other snub was New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. The San Diego Chargers' Antonio Gates made the roster over Hernandez, having less production in fewer games played in compared to Hernandez. Hernandez caught nine passes for 129 yards and one touchdown two weeks ago against the Broncos. Gates, meanwhile, didn't play in the first game against the Broncos and then had six passes for 49 yards and a touchdown in the second game.
While Tim Tebow finished No. 3 in the fan vote for AFC quarterbacks, it wasn't enough for him to make the announced Pro Bowl roster after the coaches' and players' votes were factored in. Tebow, though, isn't without fallback options. He is an alternate for the game. The only thing, though, is that Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton was named the first alternate at the position, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's Joe Reedy.
Dalton, a rookie, has led the Bengals to a 9-6 record and is on the verge of clinching a wild card spot. He has been more impressive of a passer than Tebow and has the whole rookie thing going for him. Tebow, meanwhile, suffers under constant scrutiny because he has been built up as some sort of football Jesus.
|2011 - Andy Dalton||15||81.8||278||472||58.9||3166||211.1||6.7||20||13||33||135||9||4.1||1||23||159|
|2011 - Tim Tebow||12||75.9||120||250||48||1669||139.1||6.7||12||6||116||644||53.7||5.6||6||30||207|
The 2012 Pro Bowl rosters were officially announced on Tuesday night and Denver Broncos quarterback was indeed an alternate for the AFC squad. However, outshining him and making the active roster are Champ Bailey, Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller, as reported earlier in the day. The other alternates did include Willis McGahee, Brian Dawkins, Ryan Clady, Matt Prater and Britton Colquitt.
Tebow was beaten out by Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger and Philip Rivers. Chances are pretty good that at least one of these quarterbacks and possibly two will need to skip the game, allowing Tebow to join the roster, provided he is not playing in the Super Bowl the following week.
Here are the complete rosters broken down according to conference and player.
The Denver Broncos had three players named as to the 2012 AFC Pro Bowl roster and Tim Tebow has reportedly been named an alternate to the squad. He might not be the only Broncos player looking to play in the game. Kicker Matt Prater and punter Britton Colquitt have been named alternates to the team, reports Lindsay Jones of the Denver Post. Additonally, running back Willis McGahee, tackle Ryan Clady and safety Brian Dawkins have been chosen as alternates.
Prater has been clutch, kicking game-winning field goals during the Broncos' six-game winning streak. He even has Jesus praying to him. He is 18-of-24 with a long of 59 yards. Colquitt has made 92 punts and averaged 47.6 yards on the season. He's been instrumental in pinning his opponents deep inside their own territory.
McGahee rushed for over 1,000 yards last Sunday and has revitalized his career after it floundered in Baltimore. Clady has been a rock on the offensive line once again. Dawkins has injured his neck recently could be hard pressed to play in the game if he moved to the active roster.
The Denver Broncos will have three Po Bowlers on the AFC squad when the announcement is made on Tuesday night -- if reports hold true. Linebacker Von Miller, cornerback Champ Bailey and defensive end Elvis Dumervil have been named to the AFC roster, according Vic Lombardi and Brandon Krisztal.
Miller is a rookie who has accumulated 11.5 sacks and been a leader on the Broncos defense for the entire season. An injured thumb has slowed him down in the last few weeks.For Bailey, this will be the 11th time he has been named to the Prow Bowl, part of a Hall of Fame career. Dumervil previously made the Pro Bowl in 2009 when he led the league with 17.0 sacks. He has 9.5 sacks on the season, all coming in the last eight games (at least half of a sack in each of those games).
The official announcement should come at 5:00 p.m. MT on the NFL Network.
While we are still a few hours away from the official announcement for the 2012 Pro Bowl rosters, it appears that the Denver Broncos will have one of its star players named as an alternate to the AFC team. The big name, of course, is quarterback Tim Tebow and he has been named an alternate, according to Vic Lombardi and Brandon Krisztal.
Tebow finished third among the AFC quarterbacks in the fan voting, but it is likely that Tebow could replace Tom Brady or Ben Roethlisberger on the final roster, as both could be held out of the game, either due to a Super Bowl appearance the following week or some sort of injury.
Tebow led the Broncos to a six-game winning streak during part of October through November and then into December before losing his last two games. He will get a chance at being in the playoffs by defeating the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
The 2012 Pro Bowl rosters are set to be announced on Tuesday night at 5:00 p.m. MT on the NFL Network. We will learn if Tim Tebow received enough support from the coaches and the players to make the AFC roster as the third quarterback. Tebow finished third among AFC quarterbacks in fan Pro Bowl voting, which accounts for one-third of the final total. Coaches and players might not be so hip on Tebow as the fans voting.
But might the Broncos have a few others on the team? Rookie Von Miller has been slowed the last several weeks with a cast on his thumb, but he does have 11.5 sacks on the season. Cornerback Champ Bailey is also a perennial favorite to make it on the initial roster or as an alternate. Either way is likely this year. ESPN's Bill Williamson believes Bailey and Miller are the best bets, but he does also list punter Britton Colquitt and kicker Matt Prater as possible selections. Colquitt and Prater have almost no chance with the Raiders' Shane Lechler and Sebastian Janikowski the favorites to take those positions.
Willis McGahee is a dark horse candidate to make it, but a revivified 30-year-old running back who rushed for over 1,000 yards might influence coaches and players to vote for him.
Fan voting for the 2012 Pro Bowl ended on Monday night and the results came out on Wednesday afternoon. Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow finished third among AFC quarterbacks. He received 632,912 votes, behind Tom Brady's nearly 1.5 million votes and second-place finisher Ben Roethlisberger.
Several weeks ago, Tebow was trailing Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, but he picked up in the voting just as he was leading the Broncos to a six-game winning streak. Unless the coaches and players have enough in their votes to move someone ahead of Tebow in the overall balloting, the second-year quarterback should make the Pro Bowl.
Fan voting takes up one-third of the results while the coaches and players each constitute one-third as well. Remember, if Tebow makes the Pro Bowl and then guides the Broncos to a Super Bowl, he would be replaced on the all-star roster.
In this update on Pro Bowl fan voting from ESPN's Bill Williamson, several Denver Broncos are in the top five at their respective positions, including rookie linebacker Von Miller, who is No. 2 in the fan vote at outside linebacker. Miller is a strong contender for rookie of the year honors and ranks seventh in the NFL with 11.5 sacks this season.
Running back Willis McGahee, who ranks sixth in the AFC with 920 rushing yards this season, is fifth in the fan vote at running back.
The fan vote makes up a third of the process -- votes by the players and coaches account for the rest -- so many of these races are far from over.
Will Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow add Pro Bowler to his resume this season? It may very well happen, as he is now the No. 3 AFC quarterback in the fan voting portion for the Pro Bowl, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Tebow jumped Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to claim the new spot.
However, as Florio points out, fan voting is one-third of the voting results, the other two-thirds coming from the coaches and players. The players might be a tough group to get to vote for Tebow since a good deal of them will have been beaten by him.
Florio, however, still sees New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sitting out the Pro Bowl, which could allow Tebow to claim a spot on the roster. But, hey, Tebow Time might carry the Broncos all the way to the Super Bowl. Pro Bowl or Super Bowl? Super Bowl.
While Denver Broncos rookie linebacker Von Miller likely warrants a selection to the 2012 Prow Bowl right now with his 10.5 sacks in 11 games, there does appear to be a push for Tim Tebow to make the AFC Pro Bowl roster. No, he isn't even in the top three of voting yet, but he's getting close. Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio asked the NFL and found out that Tebow is No. 4 in the latest 2012 Pro Bowl balloting for AFC quarterbacks.
he is behind only the New England Patriots' Tom Brady, the Pittsburgh Steelers Ben Roethlisberger and the Buffalo Bills' Ryan Fitzpatrick. OK, Fitzpatrick is probably a bit of a head scratcher, but but he did have a strong start to this season before going into that lull like the rest of the team has done the last few weeks.
Win or lose until fan voting closes, Tebow will likely keep gaining more votes. But even if he doesn't make the top three in voting, injury or some other reason could prevent a quarterback above him from playing, as Florio points out.
The 2012 Pro Bowl balloting has gotten underway. Can any Denver Broncos player pick up enough votes to be a starter or will we wait to see if any can make it as reserves?