One team that Kansas City Chiefs fans should definitely root for this weekend are the San Francisco 49ers. Hatred for the rival Denver Broncos may make them New England Patriots fans this weekend as well, but the Chiefs fans have something more constructive to gain from the NFC Championship Game. If the Seattle Seahawks fall to the 49ers, linebacker Derrick Johnson could get un-snubbed from the Pro Bowl.
If San Fran goes to the Super Bowl, inside linebackers NaVorro Bowman and Patrick Willis won’t be able to play in the Pro Bowl, and Johnson should be high on the list of alternates. Johnson is a jack of all trades for Kansas City. On top of being a captain and calling the plays on defense, he’s a consistent run stuffer, is great in pass coverage and can bring pressure on the quarterback when called upon to do so.
In 15 games, he compiled 107 tackles, 12 for a loss, 4.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries, two interceptions and seven defended passes. Johnson’s stat line may look slightly less pretty than a couple of others at his position, but anyone who has followed the Chiefs this season knows the statistics don’t do his performance justice.
With the complete mess the Pro Bowl is making out of itself, the spectacle isn’t worth watching for fans of any team, much less the Chiefs who are tied for being the most highly-represented with eight players. But being selected is an honor, and it will feel good to have some vindication for Johnson, who should have been named in the first place. Chiefs fans already appreciate Alex Smith, but one more favor from the 49ers this weekend would be nice.