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Chiefs, 49ers get eight players each for Pro Bowl

HONOLULU – Kansas City and San Francisco will have plenty of clout in Honolulu if they can’t make it to New Jersey for the Super Bowl.

The NFL revealed yesterday that the Chiefs and 49ers each had eight players voted into the Pro Bowl, including running backs Jamaal Charles of Kansas City and Frank Gore of San Francisco.

Tom Brady, who was selected to his ninth Pro Bowl, was one of four Patriots named to the team, including guard Logan Mankins, cornerback Aqib Talib and special teamer Matthew Slater.

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning was selected to his 13th Pro Bowl after garnering the most votes among fans, 1.43 million. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees was second among fans with 1.2 million votes.

The NFL combines votes from fans, players and coaches to determine 86 of 88 Pro Bowl players; the other two players are long-snappers selected by Pro Bowl coaches. Voting ended Thursday.

Under a new format this year, NFL greats Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will divvy up the players in a two-day draft before the Jan. 26 game. Offensive and defensive players with the most votes who don’t make it past the divisional playoff round will serve as active player captains.

Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman received 552,600 votes by fans, the most for any defensive player. Houston defensive end J.J. Watt had just under 410,000 fan votes.

San Francisco is planning to send eight players to the all-star game for the second year in a row, though its players missed the game earlier this year because they made the Super Bowl, losing to Baltimore.

Kansas City’s eight selections are up from six last year. The Chiefs are 11-4 this year – up from 2-14 last year – and the No. 5 seed in the AFC playoffs heading into a largely meaningless game for them against San Diego tomorrow.

Manning was one of five players selected from Denver, which has a shot at putting up the most points of any team in NFL history.

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