After the disappointment of the NFC Championship loss to the San Francisco 49ers last week, many Falcons fans may not be ready for football. But three Falcons will be in Honolulu playing in the Pro Bowl on Sunday, Jan. 27. Another two were selected to the roster, but will miss the game due to injury.
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Quarterback Matt Ryan and tight end Tony Gonzalez both pulled out of the Pro Bowl after the Falcons lost to the 49ers due to various injuries. Ryan would have been the starting quarterback with Aaron Rodgers and Robert Griffin III having already withdrawn due to injuries, but a sprained AC joint will keep him at home. The NFC roster will now feature three replacement selections in Drew Brees, Eli Manning, and Russell Wilson. This was the second Pro Bowl selection for Ryan.
Gonzalez may retire and if he does he will not be making the Pro Bowl his final game as he has also withdrawn due to injury. The Pro Bowl is nothing new for the 16-year veteran who has now been selected to 13 Pro Bowl teams.
Making the trip to Honolulu for the first time will be wide receiver Julio Jones and safeties Thomas DeCoud and William Moore. DeCoud and Moore made the team in place of San Francisco safeties Dashon Goldson and Donte Whitner, who will both be headed to the Super Bowl instead.
Full Pro Bowl rosters for both teams can be found at NFL.com.