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January 12, 2013
All-Pro: Score is 49ers 6, Packers 0

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Saturday's early score: 49ers 6, Packers 0.

That's the number of players who made the Associated Press' All-Pro first team. For the 49ers, it was a record haul. Safety Dashon Goldson, guard Mike Iupati, punter Andy Lee, outside linebacker Aldon Smith and inside linebackers Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman all made the list. For Iupati, Goldson and Smith, it was the first time they've been honored as All-Pros.

Last year, kicker David Akers, Bowman, Lee, Willis and defensive lineman Justin Smith made the list. This year, Justin Smith, who missed two and a half games with a triceps injury, was named to the All-Pro second team, as were linebacker Ahmad Brooks and tackle Joe Staley.

"As an organization, we take great pride in the success and recognition of our players," general manager Trent Baalke told the Associated Press. "This type of acknowledgement only comes from hard work and a team-first mentality, which all six of these men exhibit on a daily basis. They play the game the way it was meant to be played, and are very deserving of this honor."

For the Packers, quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Clay Matthews made the second team.

The 49ers also had more players voted to the Pro Bowl than the Packers by a 9-3 to margin. And evidently, the Packers have been using those discrepancies as motivation in the week leading up to today's game.

Kickoff is at 5 p.m.

First-team All-Pro

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Peyton Manning, Denver.

Running Backs: AdrianPeterson, Minnesota; Marshawn Lynch, Seattle.

Fullback: Vonta Leach, Baltimore.

Tight End: Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta.

Wide Receivers: Calvin Johnson, Detroit; Brandon Marshall, Chicago.

Tackles: Duane Brown, Houston; Ryan Clady, Denver.

Guards: Mike Iupati, San Francisco; Jahri Evans, New Orleans.

Center: Max Unger, Seattle.

Placekicker: Blair Walsh, Minnesota.

Kick Returner: Jacoby Jones, Baltimore.

DEFENSE

Ends: J.J. Watt, Houston; Cameron Wake, Miami.

Tackles: Geno Atkins, Cincinnati; Vince Wilfork, New England.

Outside Linebackers: Von Miller, Denver; Aldon Smith, San Francisco.

Inside Linebacker: Patrick Willis, San Francisco; NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco.

Cornerbacks: Richard Sherman, Seattle; Charles Tillman, Chicago.

Safeties: Earl Thomas, Seattle; Dashon Goldson, San Francisco.

Punter: Andy Lee, San Francisco.

Second-team All-Pro

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers,Green Bay.

Running Backs: Alfred Morris, Washington; Jamaal Charles, KansasCity.

Fullback: Jerome Felton, Minnesota.

Tight End: Jason Witten, Dallas.

Wide Receivers: A.J. Green, Cincinnati; Andre Johnson, Houston.

Tackles: Joe Thomas, Cleveland; Joe Staley, San Francisco.

Guards: Marshal Yanda, Baltimore; Logan Mankins, New England.

Center: Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh.

Placekicker: Phil Dawson, Cleveland.

Kick Returner: David Wilson, New York Giants.

DEFENSE

Ends: Justin Smith, San Francisco; Julius Peppers, Chicago.

Tackles: Justin Smith, San Francisco; Ndamukong Suh, Detroit, and Haloti Ngata, Baltimore.

Outside Linebackers: ChadGreenway, Minnesota; Ahmad Brooks, San Francisco, Clay Matthews, Green Bay, and DeMarcus Ware, Dallas.

Inside Linebackers: Daryl Washington, Arizona; London Fletcher, Washington.

Cornerbacks: Champ Bailey, Denver; Tim Jennings, Chicago.

Safeties: Eric Weddle, San Diego; Jairus Byrd, Buffalo.

Punter: Thomas Morstead, New Orleans.


-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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