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Phillips added to AFC Pro Bowl squad 

Phillips earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 3, during which he made four sacks and returned an interception for a touchdown in a 41-10 win.

It’s the first Pro Bowl invite for Phillips, who is the only representative from a defense that finished No. 1 in the NFL in fewest yards allowed. He’ll join quarterback Philip Rivers and guard Kris Dielman as Chargers representatives. Antonio Gates also was selected but will not play due to a foot injury.

“One of the biggest things that kind of bothered me a little bit, I know it’s a team game, but we’ve got to have at least one player that can represent us because of the fact that we did finish No. 1 in total defense,” said Phillips, who credited his defensive teammates for making his job easier.

“This is a testament to all of the players and the coaches that we are a good defense and we will continue to be a good defense. We have to have at least one representative.”

Kickoff is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. PST at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

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