After winning the NFC North Division Title and seemingly getting back on track as a legitimate Super Bowl title contender in the second-half of the 2012 NFL regular season, the Green Bay Packers had punched their ticket to the NFL playoffs and were able to get the best of the division rival Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Wild Card round.
Once the Packers advanced to the divisional round to take on the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park, the consensus was that Green Bay would give Jim Harbaugh’s squad a run for their money on their home field with a potent mix of offense and defense.
Unfortunately, the Packers didn’t stand much of a chance against second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick with the up-and-coming gunslinger torching the 49ers’ secondary for an NFL record 181 rushing yards and four total touchdowns.
Now that the 2012 campaign is officially over for the Packers, Aaron Rodgers was thought to get set to head to Honolulu, Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. Apparently, the superstar quarterback has other ideas.
According to ESPNMilwaukee’s Jason Wilde via Twitter, Rodgers will miss the Pro Bowl:
— Jason Wilde (@jasonjwilde) January 15, 2013
Rodgers had another very efficient season for the Packers throwing for 4,295 yards, 39 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. Rodgers also added 259 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.
Eli Manning of the New York Giants will replace Rodgers on the NFC Pro Bowl roster. Manning had a decent season in the Giants’ Super Bowl title defense with 3,948 passing yards, 26 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, but failed to lead New York back into the NFL playoffs with the up-and-coming Washington Redskins winning the NFC East division title with the regular-season finale against the Dallas Cowboys.
The Giants failed to live up to expectations after winning the second Super Bowl title in five years, but Manning still managed to earn a Pro Bowl selection with Rodgers bowing out due to injuries to his knee, calf and ankle.