Because the 49ers and Seahawks face one another in the NFC championship next week, it means one of those teams’ star running backs will be headed to the Super Bowl.
It also means either Marshawn Lynch or Frank Gore won’t be headed to Hawaii.
That could help Washington’s Alfred Morris, who has been named an alternate for a second straight season, get to his first Pro Bowl. But it doesn’t guarantee Morris of a trip to Honolulu because he’s not a first alternate. (Lynch and Gore were two of six running backs named to the game late last month.)
Morris ranked fourth in the NFL in rushing this season with 1,275 yards on 279 carries. His 4.6 yards per attempt ranked 10th.
Of course, there’s still a decent chance Morris will earn a bid to football’s annual all-star game because it’s always possible another running back (or two) could bow out due to injury. What it means, though, is that Morris still must wait to learn his fate.
The Pro Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 26 at Aloha Stadium.