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Dec 26, 2012 7:26 PM by Andrew Masuda

Peyton Manning, Peterson and nine 49ers make Pro Bowl

NEW YORK (AP) - Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson have highlighted their sensational comeback seasons by making the Pro Bowl.

Also selected Wednesday to the NFL's all-star game was Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.

Manning missed all of the 2011 season with neck and back problems that required several operations. He then signed with Denver as a free agent.

Minnesota's Peterson tore up his left knee on Christmas Eve last year, underwent major surgery, then was back for the season opener.

Griffin is one of three rookie QBs who had superb debut seasons, along with Andrew Luck of Indianapolis and Russell Wilson of Seattle. Luck and Wilson weren't voted to the Pro Bowl by players coaches and fans, although their teams are in the playoffs; Griffin can get to the postseason if Washington beats Dallas on Sunday.

The Pro Bowl will be played in Honolulu on Jan. 27.

Nine San Francisco 49ers were named to the Pro Bowl Team for the NFC, seven of them as starters. They included NaVorro Bowman, Dashon Goldson, Frank Gore, Mike Iupati, Aldon Smith, Justin Smith, Joe Staley, Donte Whitner and Patrick WIllis. No Oakland Raiders or San Diego Chargers were voted to the Pro Bowl.

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