Because they were on the losing team, the 49ers representation at the Pro Bowl pockets $22,500 for their efforts. The winning share is $45,000. The AFC was a 41-34 winner in the Pro Bowl. Here is how those 49ers fared in the fourth quarterl:
RB Frank Gore: He did not see any action in the first or third quarters in the game, which was played in his hometown of Miami. He played four snaps in the fourth quarter and caught passes from Tony Romo on back-to-back plays. Those plays went for 6 and 5 yards. He finished the game with 4 yards rushing on two attempts, and two receptions for 11 yards in his limited action behind Adrian Peterson and DeAngelo Williams.
P Andy Lee: He averaged 45.0 yards on two punts with a net average of just 12.5, thanks to All-Decade return man (see below) Josh Cribbs’ long return.
DL Justin Smith: He was in on a couple tackles late in the game. For the game, he had three tackles and one sack while playing about 30 snaps.
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Earlier in the day, the NFL announced the All-Decade Team for the 2000s. All-Decade teams are chosen every 10 years by the Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee members. The 2000s will mark the ninth All-Decade team to be selected in NFL history.
There were two former 49ers on the list: receiver Terrell Owens and guard Larry Allen. Owens caught 370 passes for 5,265 yards and 51 touchdowns during his four seasons with the 49ers this decade. Allen played the 2006 and ’07 seasons, and was named to one Pro Bowl with the club before retiring.
NFL ALL DECADE TEAM 2000s
Bill Belichick, Tony Dungy.
Quarterbacks: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning.
Running backs: Shaun Alexander, Jamal Lewis, Edgerrin James, LaDainian Tomlinson.
Fullback: Lorenzo Neal.
Wide receivers: Marvin Harrison, Torry Holt, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens.
Tight ends: Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez
Offensive tackles: Walter Jones, Jonathan Ogden, Orlando Pace, Willie Roaf.
Offensive guards: Larry Allen, Alan Faneca, Steve Hutchinson, Will Shields.
Centers: Olin Kruetz, Kevin Mawae.
Defensive ends: Dwight Freeney, Julius Peppers, Michael Strahan, Jason Taylor.
Defensive tackles: La’Roi Glover, Warren Sapp, Richard Seymour, Kevin Williams.
Linebackers: Derrick Brooks, Ray Lewis, Joey Porter, Zach Thomas, Brian Urlacher, DeMarcus Ware.
Cornerbacks: Ronde Barber, Champ Bailey, Ty Law, Charles Woodson.
Safeties: Brian Dawkins,
Kickers: David Akers, Adam Vinatieri.
Punters: Shane Lechler, Brian Moorman.
Kick returners: Joshua Cribbs, Dante Hall.
Punt returners: Dante Hall, Devin Hester.
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