Atlanta Falcons: Ryan, Gonzalez, Jones named to Pro Bowl

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, tight end Tony Gonzalez and second-year wide receiver Julio Jones were named to the NFC’s Pro Bowl team on Wednesday.

Ryan has guided the Falcons to a 13-2 mark, the NFC South title and the No. 1 seed for the playoffs.

The 24-man rosters for each the AFC and NFC, plus five special-teams players were announced on NFL Network.

Atlanta’s star players hope to be occupied with preparing for the Super Bowl in New Orleans instead of the NFL’s all-star game in Hawaii. The teams playing in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3 don’t send players to the Pro Bowl on Jan. 27.

The Falcons had several players who could have been honored as they have the best record in the NFC.

The AFC and NFC squads are based on the votes of players, coaches and fans with each group’s vote counting for one-third. The voting for all three groups ended last week.

In addition to Ryan, Gonzalez and Jones, other Atlanta candidates were wide receiver Roddy White, defensive end John Abraham and safeties William Moore and Thomas DeCoud. Gonzalez, Ryan and White were among the seven players the Falcons sent to the Pro Bowl in 2010, when they also had the NFC’s best record.

It is not known if any of the Falcons are first or second alternates, who would replace injured of Super Bowl-bound players. In 2010, Brent Grimes went as the replacement for Green Bay’s Charles Woodson.

Gonzalez received the  nod from fans with 553,198 votes. Gonzalez has been named to 14 Pro Bowl rosters, including the past three.

Gonzalez, 36, ranks second among the league’s tight ends with 88 catches for 889 yards and is tied for third with eight touchdowns. His 63 catches for first downs are the most for a tight end, outpacing the Saints’ Jimmy Graham by nine.

Even when Gonzalez has a quiet game, such as when he had just one catch for nine yards during Atlanta’s victory at Detroit on Saturday, his teammates benefit.

Ryan has recovered from a mid-season lull to finish the season strong. He ranks third in the NFC in touchdown passes (31), fourth in passing yards (4,481), fifth in quarterback rating (100.2) and second in completion percentage (69).

Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers got the most votes from fans among NFC quarterbacks.

Jones is having a stellar second season. The Falcons acquired him in a 2011 blockbuster draft-day trade with the Cleveland Browns. Jones (76 catches, 1,142 yards, 10 touchdowns) has posted strong numbers in spite of Ryan spreading the ball around liberally.

Abraham leads the Falcons in sacks (10) and forced fumbles (nine). He’s tied for third in the NFC in sacks and ranks second in forced fumbles.

DeCoud’s six interceptions rank second to New York’s Stevie Brown among NFC safeties. Moore has four interceptions, two forced fumbles and 75 tackles in spite of missing the past three games because of injury.

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Esquire

December 26th, 2012
7:07 pm

Congratulations to our Pro Bowl players, no doubt they will all be available to participate in the Pro Bowl!

ijonathan

December 26th, 2012
7:16 pm

DOL, how is Ryan “sixth” in completion percentage at 69%? Among qualified QBs, he’s second in the entire league to Alex Smith (70%).

Headmofo

December 26th, 2012
7:21 pm

Suprised to see that Roddy didn’t make the list.

Oh well, we Falcon fans appreciate the year your having Roddy.

StephenW

December 26th, 2012
7:25 pm

Ijonathan, DLed basically copy pastes this stuff so that’s why the completion % error keeps showing up in blog post after blog post. He knows less about this team than most fans. It’s a shame Roddy got snubbed. Was pretty shocked about Julio but I guess it just goes to show how important having scintillating highlights helps. Still, it’s great to see Julio get some recognition!

oh'man

December 26th, 2012
7:27 pm

How does Julio make the pro bowl but not Roddy? Makes no sense! Roddy is obviously the better receiver. Julio in the future will be a beast, but comparing the two, Roddy is obviously the better receiver. Julio Jones reminds me of Terrel Owens.

nard

December 26th, 2012
7:37 pm

Esquire

December 26th, 2012
7:39 pm

Roddy didn’t make the cut because he is a loud mouthed knucklehead. Who would vote for him? Well, the answer is obvious, no one.

Big Crimson 75

December 26th, 2012
7:40 pm

Congrats to our guys that made it — Do it Julio!!!
Hard to argue with any of those selections.
Roddy should have got the nod over Victor “slot” Cruz.
DeCoud deserved a selection also.

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December 26th, 2012
7:41 pm

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Jay

December 26th, 2012
7:43 pm

Roddy has more catches and yards than Julio. Which means simply that Roddy lost the popularity contest.

NumberOneDirtyBird

December 26th, 2012
7:43 pm

What the hell? Victor Cruz has been missing for two weeks…shut down by Falcons and Ravens! Not one of our safeties on Defense? I hope this make each player hungry for more wins to prove the haters wrong!

Blairs980

December 26th, 2012
7:44 pm

Only 3 Pro Bowlers, the falcons are like the Rodney Dangerfield of the NFL

GRIP

December 26th, 2012
7:45 pm

The pro-bowl voting is a joke, very similar to any other sport, but it does show a serious lack of respect from the voters. Denver who we crushed got 5 starters in…………..and anyone with eyes knows Thomas DeCoud played at a Pro-bowl level this year. Buy hey, kick ass in the playoffs and this will be an after thought.

WestOfAthens

December 26th, 2012
7:45 pm

Too much unexpected talent throughout the NFC, it is what it is.

Hopeful of a clear, crystal clear, end result. Super Bowl
NEM

ijonathan

December 26th, 2012
7:48 pm

Thanks for correcting DOL.

WHAT THE FREAK

December 26th, 2012
7:51 pm

RODDY GOT SNUBBED BIG TIME. WE APPRECIATE ALL YOU DO RODDY . YOU ARE THE MAN!!!

Iron Sheik

December 26th, 2012
8:10 pm

pro bowl voters big time jabronis. whole 49er team go when they give 50 to girlie Seahawk? they vote as good as the Virgil wrestle. as much smarts as no balls ultimate warrior. roddy decoud get humbled new country way. they win superbowl and humble everyone old country way get last laugh.

gtfan

December 26th, 2012
8:11 pm

I agree. Roddy is still the best and most consistent WR on the team by far. Julio may be bigger and faster, but that is not all that matters. RODDY IS THE MOST FEARLESS WR IN THE LEAGUE.

Abdulah the Butcher

December 26th, 2012
8:14 pm

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Chad Johnson

December 26th, 2012
8:14 pm

Child Pleez …Victor Cruz over Roddy White??? Some Splaining needs to be Done. Roddy should be in because his numbers are Better, Plays through Injuries, Not afraid to go across the middle and Just a flat out BALLLLLA!! To the Voters: C’MON MAN, Watch the damn Game!!!

Ryan

December 26th, 2012
8:20 pm

Roddy, keep playing hard for the fans, that know you should be in the Pro Bowl!

Go Falcons!

Congrats: Jones, Ryan, Gonzalez

Mario

December 26th, 2012
8:22 pm

Matt Bosher got snubbed big time!

1990_Champs_GT

December 26th, 2012
8:26 pm

My opinion is that more than just those three deserve to be on the team. But here’s the thing: If things go right none of them will make the trip anyway.

So who cares?!

KC Falcon

December 26th, 2012
8:41 pm

Five members of Kansas City Chiefs named to Pro Bowl. Record, 2-13, soon to be 2-14.

Three members of Atlanta Falcons named. Unbelievable. Spoon, DeCoud, Moore? Buhler?

Something not addin’ up here.

Dr. Warren

December 26th, 2012
8:44 pm

Falcons continue to get no respect, including Roddy Dangerfield White.

Paddy

December 26th, 2012
9:01 pm

What, no spots for Franks & Smith! Shameless and unacceptable!

Rick

December 26th, 2012
9:09 pm

What about Cannonball Butler or Ernie Wheelwright ?

Mikey

December 26th, 2012
9:13 pm

I’m surprised that the Falcons only had 3. We are fortunate to have about 10 of the best players in the league. It is a fact of life that they have not been as visible to everyone in the U.S. Our team just isn’t quite there yet. That’s OK… the world will know a lot about our Falcons in a few weeks. I’m hoping that none of them can make it anyway because of a higher committment in the Superbowl. Our Falcons are just beginning to garner respect. They have just reached the level of being “relevent”. It takes a little longer to earn respect, but it’s COMING! GO FALCONS! YOU ARE RISING UP!

Answer This

December 26th, 2012
9:15 pm

Congrats Falcons! To bad none of you will be able to play in it! Rise Up!

FOOTBALL

December 26th, 2012
9:17 pm

Gonzalez needs to come back for another year.

Lee

December 26th, 2012
9:18 pm

Roddy deserved to make it. RODDAY, PROVE THEM WRONG IN THE PLAYOFFS!

GregKennesaw

December 26th, 2012
9:18 pm

What Matt Ryan made the Pro-Bowl again? The haters going to hate that!

darock

December 26th, 2012
9:23 pm

Who cares about the ProBowl. THE BIRDS will not be attending because we will be getting ready for the SUPER BOWL. Send those guys bonus checks to New Orleans!!!!!!

TechNut

December 26th, 2012
9:56 pm

Bring on the Seadogs, we’ll f*ck ‘en up on our turf, pun intended!

Never First, Just the Best.

December 26th, 2012
9:57 pm

What he said!….

Who cares about the ProBowl. THE BIRDS will not be attending because we will be getting ready for the SUPER BOWL. Send those guys bonus checks to New Orleans!!!!!!

Michael

December 26th, 2012
10:17 pm

@ Oh’man The comment at 7:27 pm, you are such a idiot to compare Julio to Terrell Owen. Julio demeanor’s is no where near Terrell Owens behaviors.

GT GRAD

December 26th, 2012
10:28 pm

Roddy White & Thomas Decoud BOTH deserve to be in the ProBowl!

No doubt about it……C’mon Man!

Most of the media pundits are down on the Falcons and many of these pukes are just waiting and hoping the Falcons lose a playoff game……anything short of getting to the Superbowl will be used as “I told you so” by all of these nay-sayers in the media. Oh well, I hope the Birds prove em all wrong and win the Superbowl!!!

Ken

December 26th, 2012
10:28 pm

Falcons will not be available for the Pro Bowl!!

phlatlfan

December 26th, 2012
10:38 pm

hey old man… my nephew knows julio. he’s a class guy.

JF McNamara

December 26th, 2012
10:49 pm

Roddy got jobbed. While both are pretty good, he has been more productive than Julio this year and he’s done it for a very long time. This is his 6th straight year over 1,150 yards. If he were on the Cowboys, he would be enshrined in the Hall of Fame by now and being called an all time great.

falCans

December 26th, 2012
10:49 pm

WOOOOOW!!! First congrats to Julio, 2minuteMatt,and The ageless One

BUT WOOOOOW!!! Julio over White??? Just a Guess but Roddy has almost 300 more yards and 12 more receptions….No Decoud??? Sheesh what else must he do

trevon

December 26th, 2012
10:50 pm

This shouldn’t upset a Falcon fan because no Atlanta falcons will be at the pro bowl, they will be preparing for the Super Bowl. RISE UP!

44counter

December 26th, 2012
10:55 pm

What did you expect after they ranked the Broncos #1 in the power ranking and the Falcons kicked their azz. This is not the BCS so all the Falcons have to do is just win baby!!!

Oh, by the way if the Falcons win the NFC…..it was a down year for the NFC and if they win it all, espn and nfl network will spend to whole off season talking about the jets, cowgirls and the ponies.

FalconJim

December 26th, 2012
11:32 pm

No defensive players? A TRAVESTY!!! Our defense has been a big reason we’re where we’re at.
Don’t get it…..a popularity contest, I guess…

GO, YOU DIRTY BIRDS!!!

tyrace

December 27th, 2012
12:07 am

I felt like we should have had more pro bowler then three. But I just hope we can win it all so we can get the respect from the NFL AND ESPN.Because of all we have done it always something negative to say about the Falcons.

robertussen

December 27th, 2012
12:27 am

the media down playing the falcons season helped to snub our players

brookings

December 27th, 2012
12:31 am

ease up bloggers…Roddy hadf a great game vs Det but doesnt deserve Pro Bowl status.

theangryhippie

December 27th, 2012
12:39 am

Abe’s 9 forces fumbles and # 22 were overloooked. I cant imagine a CB playing better than Asante this year.

Whiznot

December 27th, 2012
12:51 am

Roddy and Julio will probably have to take turns but both are deserving.

Bad Dawg

December 27th, 2012
12:54 am

13-2 and only 3 Pro-Bowl selections. The disrespect continues…