Eli Manning Named to the Pro Bowl

Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning has been named to NFC Pro Bowl roster in place of Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is choosing to skip the game with a number of injuries.

The selection is Manning’s third for his career, but he did not play in last year’s game since the Giants were preparing to play in the Super Bowl.

This season, Manning threw for 3,948 yards at a 60 percent completion rate, 26 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

Depending on the result of the NFC Championship game, it is possible that all three original quarterback selections for the NFC will not play in the game. Rodgers and Robert Griffin III would be dealing with injury, and Matt Ryan might have bigger plans if his team wins Sunday.

Saints’ quarterback Drew Brees was chosen as the replacement for Griffin III, and Russell Wilson of the Seahawks will get the nod if Ryan is bound for the Super Bowl.

Jim Mancari, Contributor

It’s nice to see Manning get the recognition. Statistically, he maybe didn’t have one of his best seasons, but he certainly put his team in a position to win most weeks.

It’s not his fault that the Giants’ defense consistently gave up big plays in big spots.

It’s tough to get too excited over this, because now that the Pro Bowl is the week before the Super Bowl rather than after, playing in the Pro Bowl means you are not heading to the Super Bowl.

I’m sure Manning is more focused on getting ready for the 2013 season, in hopes of playing in the Super Bowl in his home stadium on Feb. 2, 2014.

But for now, Manning can enjoy the serene setting of Hawaii.

Let’s just hope he doesn’t get hurt. Based on the lack of intensity in the Pro Bowl, that’s not too great a concern.

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