PFW All-NFL team: 49ers picking up postseason recognition

Stephen Dunn

Although the 49ers season continues, they are starting to receive postseason honors after a strong 2012 regular season. We take a look at some of the most recent.

The San Francisco 49ers hopefully have a lot of football left in the 2013 NFL Playoffs, but in the meantime, they are starting to get some recognition for a solid 2012 campaign. The folks at Pro Football Weekly unveiled their annual PFW/Pro Football Writers of America All-NFL team on Monday. For the 2012 season, the 49ers led the way with four selections. Four teams tied for second with three selections apiece.

The 49ers selected included OG Mike Iupati, ILB Patrick Willis, OLB Aldon Smith and punter Andy Lee. For comparison's sake, Peter King released his ballot for All Pro. He voted for Iupati, Anthony Davis, Ahmad Brooks and Dashon Goldson.

Last season, the 49ers had five first team All Pros, including DT Justin Smith, ILB Patrick Willis, ILB NaVorro Bowman, K David Akers and P Andy Lee. Their second team All Pro players included OT Joe Staley, DE Justin Smith and CB Carlos Rogers. The coolest part of this by far is Justin Smith getting two separate All Pro mentions due to his work on the edge and interior of the defensive line.

Here is the full 2012 PFW/PFWA team:

Offense
QB Peyton Manning / Broncos
RB Adrian Peterson / Vikings
RB Marshawn Lynch / Seahawks
WR Calvin Johnson / Lions
WR Brandon Marshall / Bears
TE Rob Gronkowski / Patriots
C John Sullivan / Vikings
OG Mike Iupati / 49ers
OG Marshal Yanda / Ravens
OT Duane Brown / Texans
OT Ryan Clady / Broncos

Defense
DE J.J. Watt / Texans
DE Cameron Wake / Dolphins
DT Geno Atkins / Bengals
DT Vince Wilfork / Patriots
OLB Von Miller / Broncos
OLB Aldon Smith / 49ers
MLB Patrick Willis / 49ers
CB Richard Sherman / Seahawks
CB Charles Tillman / Bears
S Earl Thomas / Seahawks
S Eric Weddle / Chargers

Specialists
PK Blair Walsh / Vikings
P Andy Lee / 49ers
KR Jacoby Jones / Ravens
PR Leodis McKelvin / Bills
ST Matthew Slater / Patriots

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