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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

January 23, 2012 at 10:10 AM

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Niners loss delivers Seahawks a Hawaiian punch

The San Francisco 49ers had seven players chosen to the Pro Bowl, most of any team in the NFC. A victory over the Giants on Sunday would have sent those seven 49ers to the Super Bowl, opening up multiple spots that would have been filled by Seahawks.

Like running back, where Frank Gore would have been replaced by Marshawn Lynch. Or cornerback, where Seattle's Brandon Browner would have stepped in for Carlos Rogers. Perhaps even safety where Dashon Goldson was selected as the backup safety while Kam Chancellor was a first alternate.

Well, so much for that.

While the Pro Bowl rosters aren't finalized, there are no current vacancies that you can expect to be filled by Seahawks who were chosen as alternates.

Still, Seattle has two Pro Bowlers in free safety Earl Thomas and fullback Michael Robinson, which is two more Pro Bowlers than Seattle had during the previous two years combined.

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