Morning Tailgate: Eric Reid, Alex Smith Win for Rice


Eric Reid didn't start in his first Pro Bowl appearance, and he didn't put up gaudy numbers.

But Reid, who was selected to the NFL's all-star exhibition as a replacement player, will more likely remember playing for Jerry Rice.

He'll definitely remember helping Rice win.

Reid and ex-49ers quarterback Alex Smith, now the Kansas City Chiefs signal-caller, helped Team Rice top Team (Deion) Sanders in Sunday's newly-formatted Pro Bowl in Honolulu.

Reid didn't crack the box score, while Smith led the victorious squad's game-winning drive, which culminated with a 20-yard touchdown toss to Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray and a successful two-point try. Smith, who spent his first seven NFL seasons in San Francisco, was 9-of-22 passing for 116 yards overall.

Like Smith, Reid was making his Pro Bowl debut. The rookie safety made 77 tackles during his rookie season, while creating six turnovers.

For more storylines surrounding the team, check out this edition of Morning Tailgate links, presented by State Farm.

Kevin Lynch of SFGate.comwondered whether the time is right to lock up Colin Kaepernick.

The Modesto Bee’s Ron Agostiniwrote about the quarterback's "year of living large."

**Bill Williamson of*** *offered his estimations on the team's free agent class.

**Matt Maiocco of*** *reported on Joe Staley' apparent hand procedure.

**Taylor Price of** previewed NaVorro Bowman's road to recovery.

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#TEAMRICE!! Had at blast at my first pro bowl. It's one I'll definitely remember. Blessed — Eric Reid (@E_Reid35) January 27, 2014

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