With Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers announcing that he will not be participating in the Pro Bowl this year due to injury, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will be taking his spot, thus earning his second consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl.
This season, Manning threw for nearly 4000 yards, which, while still impressive even in this modern era of passing offenses, is nearly 1000 yards less than he threw for last season. He threw for 26 touchdowns, but also threw 15 interceptions. Last season, he threw 29 touchdowns and 16 interceptions.
Outside of the final game of the season, in which he abused the hapless Philadelphia Eagles for five touchdown passes, Manning struggled significantly during the second half of the season.
Manning was the second alternate quarterback for the NFC squad. When Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III tore his ACL and LCL, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees took his place on the Pro Bowl roster.
Players who are voted to the Pro Bowl outright are considered to have participated in the Pro Bowl regardless of whether or not they play, either due to injury or because their team advanced to the Super Bowl.
Players who are alternates who do not participate, however, are only regarded as Pro Bowlers if they actually play in the game. Each conference selects three quarterbacks to participate in the Pro Bowl.
It is possible that all three quarterback from the NFC voted into the Pro Bowl will not participate. In addition to Rodgers and Griffin, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was also voted in.
His Falcons play the San Francisco 49ers this weekend, however, for the right to go to the Super Bowl, which is played the week after the Pro Bowl. Players who will be playing in the Super Bowl are not allowed to participate in the Pro Bowl.
Should the Falcons advance to the Super Bowl, Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson would take the place of Ryan on the Pro Bowl roster.
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