Eight Niners selected to Pro Bowl

It turns out Jim Harbaugh overshot his Pro Bowl prediction.

Eight Niners made the NFC Pro Bowl team – one or two or three short of his prediction.

Six Niners ended up making the team as starters, and two made it as reserves.

The starters are Justin Smith, Patrick Willis, Joe Staley, Carlos Rogers, David Akers and Andy Lee and the reserves are are Frank Gore and Dashon Goldson.

Not one person on this blog predicted Staley would make the team, so there is not Commenter of the Week this week.

The biggest snub has to be Aldon Smith. The NFL listed him as DE instead of a OLB, so he ranked behind Jared Allen, Jason Babbin and Jason Pierre-Paul.

NaVorro Bowman is another snub, but only two middle linebackers made the roster, Willis and Brian Urlacher. Still, Bowman (133 tackles) has 41 more tackles than Urlacher (92) this season.

And finally, Eli Manning made the team as the third QB, not Alex Smith. Sorry, Jim and Alex.

But congratulations to the eight Niners who made the Pro Bowl.

Update: There are also ten Niners who are Pro Bowl alternates. They are NaVorro Bowman, Ahmad Brooks, Blake Costanzo, Vernon Davis, Ted Ginn Jr., Jonathan Goodwin, Mike Iupati, Ray McDonald, Bruce Miller and Donte Whitner.

That’s a lot of Niners. Only the Patriots have as many Pro Bowl selections (8) as the Niners.

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