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O'Hara is Giants' only Pro Bowl selection

The Giants weren't good enough to make the playoffs this year, and for the most part, they weren't good enough to be named to the NFC's Pro Bowl team. Only one Giant, center Shaun O'Hara, was named to the squad, and he'll be a backup to starter Andre Gurode of the Cowboys.

"It's a little excitement in an otherwise sad 48 hours," O'Hara said Tuesday. "I couldn't stop thinking about the game and about the season and how crappy everything is, for lack of a better term. We're all so embarrassed and upset and angry. I didn't think anything would be able to pick me up out of that hole, but this sure is trying."

Six other Giants were named as alternates. Considering that the Pro Bowl will be played in Miami and a week before the Super Bowl (as well as a week after the conference championship games), there's a good chance that players from the top four teams in the NFL will back out. At the very least, players from the teams that advance to the Super Bowl will be unavailable.

So while O'Hara is the only Pro Bowler for the Giants as of now, there will likely be more of them when the game actually takes place Jan. 31.

The first alternates are tackle David Diehl, guard Chris Snee and wide receiver Steve Smith, who leads the NFC in receptions but is behind starters Larry Fitzgerald and DeSean Jackson and backups Miles Austin and Sidney Rice. Defensive end Justin Tuck and kick returner Domenik Hixon are third alternates.

And quarterback Eli Manning, coming off his best statistical season, is a fourth alternate behind elected starter Drew Brees and backups Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers.

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