What NFC results mean for McNabb

It looks as if Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb is about to be invited to his sixth Pro Bowl and first since 2004.

As previously noted, players whose teams are in the Super Bowl cannot play in the Pro Bowl, now that it has been moved to a week before the Super Bowl instead of a week after.

The three NFC quarterbacks selected are New Orleans' Drew Brees, Minnesota's Brett Favre and Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers. McNabb was chosen as the first alternate.

With the Saints and Vikings still alive, either Brees or Favre will withdraw because his team is heading to the Super Bowl. (And, honestly, even if the Vikings are eliminated, we could see Favre withdrawing anyway.) That opens a spot for McNabb.

The Pro Bowl is Jan. 31 in Miami.


Another change, as pointed out by ESPN's Adam Schefter, is that the coaches of the losing team in the conference championship games are no longer the Pro Bowl coaches. Again, with the earlier game, the league did not think coaches whose teams were eliminated days before should then have to get ready for the Pro Bowl.

Instead, of the two losing teams in each conference this weekend, the coach whose team has the better record goes to the Pro Bowl. That means the Cowboys' Wade Phillips gets the NFC nod over Arizona's Ken Whisenhunt.


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