San Francisco 49ers: Breaking Down the Team's Pro Bowl Candidates

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San Francisco 49ers: Breaking Down the Team's Pro Bowl Candidates
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
Aldon Smith and NaVorro Bowman are big-time playmakers.

For the San Francisco 49ers, the 2012 Pro Bowl by no means occupies their collective focus—it’s really all about the playoffs at this point in the season.

But that also doesn’t mean we can’t delve into the list of potential candidates for the postseason Hawaiian classic ourselves.

At 8-3-1 and in first place in the NFC West, the 49ers feature a playoff-caliber roster full of Pro Bowl-quality players. If not for a dual quarterback situation and floundering kicker, San Francisco has viable candidates at every level of the team.

The NFL’s No. 2 defense harbors the more obvious set of worthy playmakers. And punter Andy Lee also poses as a clear-cut favorite for the honor.

Yet, the 49ers offense contains a legitimate set of contenders as well.

Perhaps harder to qualify, but fully deserving nonetheless.

On that note, let’s break down the 12 players on offense, defense and special teams that may find themselves representing San Francisco at the Pro Bowl.

 

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