When you're 4-11, injury plagued and have had the most disappointing year in the history of a franchise, it's not hard to see why the Falcons didn't have any players named to the pro bowl.
Still, it just adds insult to injury at this point. With the Pro Bowl format changing from having a full roster of AFC and NFC players square off against each other to a pool of players picked by Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice, the odds were against any Falcons player making the cut.
Julio Jones, while compiling a great season, only played in five games because of a season ending ankle injury. He was on his way to the Pro Bowl with 41 catches, 580 yards and two touchdowns.
Punter Matt Bosher has had a great year, but was beaten out by Brandon Fields and Johnny Hekker.
Kicker Matt Bryant, who was 22/25 on the year kicking field goals, also made all 37 extra points he attempted. But it wasn't good enough as former Falcon (current Bronco) Matt Prater and Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker were selected ahead of Bryant.
The last realistic Falcons player who could have made the team and probably should have made it, was Tony Gonzalez. The 37 year old tight end, who plays his last game of his career tomorrow against Carolina, had 79 receptions for 803 yards and eight touchdowns. He was beaten out by Jimmy Graham, Jordan Cameron, Vernon Davis and Julius Thomas.
Should one of those players not be able to go, Gonzalez is an alternate for the Pro Bowl, so there's a chance that he could still find a way to play in the game.
The Giants, Jets, Packers and Jaguars were also shut out.
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