2012 Pro Bowl fan balloting: Updated ranks


Eighteen San Francisco 49ers rank among the top five at their positions in fan balloting for the Pro Bowl.

What is this, 1994?

It's feeling that way with the 49ers and Pittsburgh Steelers taking 10-3 records into their Monday night game in Week 15.

These championship-laden franchises previously have not had double-digit victory totals at the same time since 2002. They did so previously during the 1990s and briefly during the 1980s, but rarely have both been at their very best simultaneously.

The fan balloting totals reflect each team's success this season.

Unbeaten Green Bay leads the NFL with 21 players ranking among the top five at their positions. The 49ers are second with 18, followed by New England (15), Baltimore (13) and Pittsburgh (12).

A quick run through which NFC West players rank among the top five at their positions:

Arizona Cardinals

First: none

Second: none

Third: none

Fourth: receiver Larry Fitzgerald

Fifth: none

San Francisco 49ers

First: inside linebacker Patrick Willis, punters Andy Lee

Second: center Jonathan Goodwin, cornerback Carlos Rogers, defensive tackle Justin Smith (he plays defensive end), free safety Dashon Goldson, fullback Bruce Miller, kicker David Akers, special teamer Blake Costanzo

Third: guard Mike Iupati, kick returner Ted Ginn Jr.

Fourth: running back Frank Gore, strong safeties Donte Whitner, tackle Joe Staley

Fifth: defensive tackle Ray McDonald, inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, tackle Anthony Davis, tight end Vernon Davis

Seattle Seahawks

First: none

Second: none

Third: punter Jon Ryan, strong safety Kam Chancellor

Fourth: free safety Earl Thomas

Fifth: none

St. Louis Rams

First: none

Second: none

Third: none

Fourth: defensive end Chris Long

Fifth: none

The chart breaks down the counts for NFC teams. Fan voting continues online through the 49ers' game Monday night. Players and coaches vote Dec. 21-22. Results are announced Dec. 27.


Pro Bowl Players in Top Five of Fan Voting