The 11-4 Lions will have a few representatives in the Pro Bowl, but a couple other players could argue they were snubbed.
Of course, none of the Lions hope to be available for the annual NFL all-star game, which will be in Phoenix a week before the Super Bowl, as they're heading to the postseason.
From the second-ranked Lions defense, tackle Ndamukong Suh (fourth Pro Bowl) and safety Glover Quin (first) made it, but weak-side linebacker DeAndre Levy and his 140 tackles, third-most in the league, missed out again. He was deserving in 2013, too, after leading all linebackers with six interceptions.
Wide receiver Calvin Johnson made his fifth straight Pro Bowl despite missing three games with a high-ankle sprain. He has 67 catches for 1,038 yards and six touchdowns. Last week he eclipsed 1,000 yards for the fifth straight year, a Lions record. Fellow Lions receiver Golden Tate has been the offense's top weapon this season with 96 catches for 1,286 yards and four touchdowns, but fell short of making his first Pro Bowl in the vote shared by fans, players and coaches.
Michael Irvin and Cris Carter will draft the two Pro Bowl teams on Wednesday, Jan. 21, on NFL Network. The game will be at 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at University of Phoenix, the host of the Super Bowl.
This will only be the second year since 1980 the game won't be played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Pro Bowl moved to Miami's Sun Life Stadium in 2010 the week before that city hosted Super Bowl.