- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The NFL will announce the Pro Bowl on Friday night. Here is a look at some of the 49ers who have a chance to be selected:
Running back Frank Gore. Why: His 1,114 yards are the seventh most in the NFL. Gore has had some huge runs this season at the age of 30.
Tight end Vernon Davis. Why: Davis has 12 touchdowns this season and the 49ers’ offense would be lost without him.
Receiver Anquan Boldin. Why: He has 76 catches for 1,030 yards. At 33, he’s having his best season since 2009.
Tackle Joe Staley. Why: Simply one of the best players at his position.
Guard Alex Boone. Why: Versatile player key in run game.
Defensive lineman Justin Smith. Why: Smith is his usual disruptive self at the age of 34.
Linebacker NaVorro Bowman. Why: He should be a shoo-in. He's a Defensive Player of the Year candidate.
Linebacker Patrick Willis. Why: Fought through injuries, playing at high level.
Linebacker Ahmad Brooks. Why: Quietly having monster season.
Safety Eric Reid. Why: First-round pick plays like a polished pro.
Safety Donte Whitner. Why: Big hitter plays smart.
Kicker Phil Dawson. Why: He has made 26 straight field-goal attempts.
Punter Andy Lee. Why: Having another great season.
Special teamer C.J. Spillman. Why: Tackle machine high on fan vote.