Russell Wilson Punches His Ticket to Hawaii and More NFC West News

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterJanuary 22, 2013

Jan 13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws a pass in the fourth quarter of the NFC divisional playoff game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 30-28. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
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For those of you who wanted to see Russell Wilson one more time before the start of the 2013 season, your opportunity now awaits you. It was announced yesterday that Wilson will indeed play in the Pro Bowl after Matt Ryan was declared out with a separated non-throwing shoulder.

Ryan was injured just prior to the two-minute warning in the NFC Championship game. He took a shot from 49ers outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks on a five-yard completion to running back Jason Snelling. Falcons head coach Mike Smith said Ryan would have been available for the Super Bowl if Atlanta would have advanced.

Wilson, the third-round rookie out of Wisconsin, joins fellow teammates Max Unger, Russell Okung, Marshawn Lynch, Earl Thomas and Leon Washington in Hawaii. When Pro Bowl rosters were originally announced, he was selected as a third alternate for the NFC.

He had one of the more impressive rookie seasons of all time, so his selection to the Pro Bowl is definitely warranted. The 26 touchdown passes he threw tied an NFL rookie record and his 100 quarterback rating broke the previous rookie record held by Ben Roethlisberger.


Arizona reports on the hiring of Bruce Arians' assistant coaches. Multiple hires have come on the offensive and defensive side of the ball at this point.

Chris Trapasso of Bleacher Report breaks down the four changes the Cardinals can expect to make on Bruce Arians' watch.

San Francisco

Carl Steward of the tells us why Jim Harbaugh isn't eager to talk HarBowl.

Dan Talintyre of Bleacher Report examines why the Ravens won't have an answer to Colin Kaepernick's dual-threat ability.


Clare Farnsworth of says Gus Bradley and John Idzkik will be missed after both men received promotions in their new, respective cities.

Jason Henry of Bleacher Report analyzes five potential landing spots for Matt Flynn.

St. Louis

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch takes a look at Kyle Long and tells us that he could be the next Long family member to make it in the NFL. He would join brother Chris and father Howie.

Zach Kruse of Bleacher Report gives us his reasons as to why the Rams must avoid hiring Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator.