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December

Pro Bowl Rosters Set: Rodgers, Matthews, Saturday Will Represent Packers

Rodgers and Matthews at Super Bowl XLV

Rodgers and Matthews are becoming Pro Bowl perennials. Rodgers will start for the NFC

The NFL Pro Bowl rosters were announced on December 26th and among them were three Green Bay Packers who were voted in outright.  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, linebacker Clay Matthews and center Jeff Saturday will represent the Packers at this year’s contest.  Here is a look at each and what got them here.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers is having yet another phenomenal season.  He is obviously the face of the team and their fate rests squarely on his shoulders.

A look at the numbers tells us all that we need to know about why Rodgers will be the NFC’s starting quarterback in this year’s Pro Bowl:  3930 yards, 67% completion percentage, 35 touchdowns (just eight interceptions) and a quarterback rating of 106.2.  And those are Rodgers’ average numbers over the course of his career as a starter.

Just when it seems that there has to be some sort of drop-off in Rodgers’ play, he comes out and puts up more great numbers and the Packers, again, find themselves strong contenders to reach another Super Bowl.  Despite the issues that the team has had with the offensive line and in pass protection, Rodgers has continued to find ways to make plays and win games for this team.  A very well deserved Pro Bowl start for #12.

Linebacker Clay Matthews III

Matthews is having another stellar season.  He has 12 sacks and needs just one and a half more to tie his career high set back in 2010.  After a bit of a dropoff last season, Matthews has re-emerged as the pass rushing threat that was so key in Green Bay’s success during their Super Bowl season.  That he has posted those numbers despite missing four games is even more noteworthy.

Matthews just continues to play with such a high motor and has elevated his run defending skills.  He is the epitome of what describes a true “difference maker”.  When he was out the Green Bay pass rush took a major step back and struggled at times.

He seems to be fully back and healthy from the hamstring injury that forced him out earlier this season and the Packers will need Matthews at 100% for the postseason push.

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December

Packers Dominate Fan Voting for 2012 Pro Bowl

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers led all vote getters in the Pro Bowl's fan voting.

Packers fans, your voice has been heard.

Nine Green Bay Packers lead their respective positions in total fan votes for the 2012 Pro Bowl, which clears the first of three hurdles in the NFL’s process to select each conference’s 43-man roster. Fan voting consists of one-third of the consensus, with players and coaches each counting for a third. Fan voting ended this week.

The following Packers led their respective position: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers (1,581, 982 votes), fullback John Kuhn (322,260), left tackle Chad Clifton (392, 106), guard T.J. Lang (327,740), center Scott Wells (463,693), cornerback Charles Woodson (763,198), safety Morgan Burnett (223,292), kicker Mason Crosby (184,665) and special teamer Jarrett Bush (134,696).

Rodgers led all vote getters with 1,581,982 votes. He leads the NFL in passing touchdowns and passer rating this season.

The Packers led all NFL teams with nine top vote getters, with the Baltimore Ravens (six) and New England Patriots (five) the next two closest teams.

NFL players and coaches submit their votes on December 21-22, and NFL Network will air the 2012 Pro Bowl selections next Tuesday, December 27 at 7:00 p.m. ET.

The Pro Bowl will be played on January 29, 2012, a week before Super Bowl XLVI.

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Zach Kruse is a 23-year-old sports journalist with a passion for the Green Bay Packers. He currently lives in Wisconsin and is working on his journalism degree, while also covering prep sports for The Dunn Co. News.

You can read more of Zach's Packers articles on AllGreenBayPackers.com.

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