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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Falcons getting Pro Bowl attention

By Pat Yasinskas

ATLANTA -- All throughout a 10-1 start, I’ve constantly heard from Atlanta fans about how the Falcons aren’t getting enough respect on a national level.

Well, maybe that’s starting to change.

I’ve got some updated numbers on Pro Bowl balloting, and the Falcons are pretty well represented. Fan voting continues until mid-December, and coaches and players will vote later in December. Fans, players and coaches each count as one third of the vote.

At the moment, Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez and guard Justin Blalock would be Pro Bowl starters, based only on the current fan vote. Tampa Bay safety Ronde Barber and New Orleans punter Thomas Morstead also would be NFC starters.

But the Falcons have a slew of players that are in the top five at their positions. Let’s take a look at which NFC South players rank in the top five in fan voting:

Quarterback
Running back
Fullback
Wide receiver
Tight end
Tackle
Guard
Center
Defensive end
Defensive tackle
Outside linebacker
Inside linebacker
Cornerbacks
Strong safety
Free safety
Kicker
Punter
Returner
Special teamer