The Pro Bowl is set to kick off on Sunday evening, and the Niners will have no part in the festivities. Instead of sending nine players to represent the NFC, San Francisco will continue to focus on the task that lies ahead. Apparently the Super Bowl is a bit more important.
Here's a rundown of what you need to know for Sunday's action.
Game time: Jan. 27, 4 p.m. PT
Where to watch: NBC
Location: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu
Who to watch: Marcel Reece
NaVorro Bowman, Dashon Goldson, Frank Gore, Mike Iupati, Aldon Smith, Justin Smith, Joe Staley, Donte Whitner and Patrick Willis were all named to the Pro Bowl this year, but you won't be seeing them until Feb. 3. Reece is the Raiders' lone representative, marking the first selection of his career.
Reece filled in nicely while Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson sat out with injuries. The 27-year-old running back finished the year with 271 rushing yards on 59 carries, but his receiving game made an even larger impact for Oakland. Reece caught 52 passes for 496 yards and one touchdown.
The NFL players promised to increase the level of play after Roger Goodell threatened to eliminate the Pro Bowl earlier this year. Last year's game at Aloha Stadium was basically a joke, as the AFC topped the NFC 59-41. Hopefully we can expect a better showing overall instead of seeing players literally standing around when the ball is snapped.