Team Irvin defeated Team Carter in the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl!
Some of the best played football on Sunday, a gentler, friendlier version of the game. Few moved very fast, no one flattened a quarterback, as team Irvin came from behind with a pair of touchdowns in the second half, besting Team Carter, 32-28.
Team Carter led heading into the fourth quarter, but lost it when Matt Ryan hit Jimmy Graham for a touchdown in the final frame.
It was a competitive game throughout. Of course, the word "competitive" comes with a big asterisk, since both sides took unnecessary risks on fourth down and ran trick plays with reckless abandon. But there was plenty of scoring throughout, which is always fun to bet on.
Unlike past Pro Bowls, this one actually featured strong defensive play moreso than two offenses walking up and down the field due to the rules. Team Sanders had a defensive line that featured all of J.J. Watt, Greg Hardy and Ndamukong Suh, so it's easy to see why life was tough for Team Rice quarterbacks. Still, there were nine total sacks in the game.
It was the second Pro Bowl in the last 15 that ended up with fewer than 50 total points.
A.J. Green hauled in three touchdowns and 119 yards for the AFC and Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph is named the MVP with 122 yards and a touchdown.
The 2012 NFL Pro Bowl turned in its usual offensive fireworks as the AFC blew out the NFC 59-41.
Brandon Marshall was the MVP of the game thanks to his six receptions for 176 yards and a Pro Bowl record four touchdowns.
Larry Fitzgerald looked like he was on his way to an MVP performance with two touchdowns in the first quarter, but the NFC defense fell apart (well, moreso than normal for a Pro Bowl) and Marshall benefited.
The NFC won 55-41 but the game was not really as close as the score would indicate. The NFC jumped out to a huge 42-7 lead by halftime and eased off whatever gas pedal they might have had pressed down.
One of the highlights of the game came at the very end when Cleveland Brownscenter and former Cal great Alex Mack scored a touchdown on a last minute desperation play involving hook-and-ladder elements.
Seeing the big man rumble down the field was impressive. Although, I was also amused by the defensive and offensive linemen just standing around while Matt Cassel looked for a target.
The game was more or less decided and you could tell nobody really cared about much. It was sort of the Pro Bowl in a nutshell.
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In its new role as a warmup to the Super Bowl, the Pro Bowl became a series of wind sprints. Long gains were the rule and hard hitting was the exception as the AFC beat the NFC 41-34 on Sunday night.
Light showers fell for much of the game, stirring memories of a rainy Super Bowl in Miami three years ago. But uniforms remained mostly spotless, with more pushing and shoving than tackling.
"It's different. It was like 7 on 7," NFC linebacker Brian Orakpo said. "Everybody came out here trying not to get hurt and give the fans a good show"
Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans threw for 189 yards and two AFC scores, and was chosen the most valuable player.
"It's a game you watch growing up as a kid and wonder if you could ever be in," Schaub said. "To actually be a part of it is incredible."
With a huge red lei around his neck and a wide grin that could have stretched across Oahu, Larry Fitzgerald held up the gleaming, silver MVP trophy.
It sparkled in the sunshine as much as his game.
The only problem: It wasn't the Lombardi Trophy. Fitzgerald caught five passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns, 44-year-old John Carney kicked two fourth-quarter field goals, and the NFC rallied to a 30-21 victory over the AFC.
The Arizona Cardinals' All-Pro receiver, coming off a record-breaking postseason and a spectacular Super Bowl in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, earned MVP honors.
Minnesota Vikings rookie back Adrian Peterson rushed for 129 yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead the NFC to a 42-30 victory over the AFC in the National Football League's Pro Bowl game.
The Offensive Rookie of the Year, Peterson scored in the third quarter to give the NFC its first lead 28-27.
He capped the scoring with a six-yard score in the fourth quarter of Sunday's American gridiron all-star game. Peterson's performance earned him the MVP award. The last time a rookie won the MVP was in 1995 when Marshall Faulk earned the honours.
Faulk is also the only player in Pro Bowl history to rack up more rushing yards (180) than Peterson did on Sunday.
Sunday's game was just icing on the cake for Peterson and a reminder to the rest of the league that the Vikings have one of the most explosive weapons in the game.
The former US college star at Oklahoma missed almost three games to injury, and still rushed for 1,341 yards and 12 touchdowns.
He set the NFL single-game record with 296 yards against the San Diego Chargers.
The AFC led early on, opening up a 24-7 advantage in the second quarter.
Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh of the Cincinnati Bengals caught a TD pass from Peyton Manning in the first quarter and hauled in a scoring strike from Ben Roethlisberger in the second to give the AFC a 17-point cushion.
The NFC cut the lead to 27-21 at the half as Dallas Cowboys teammates Tony Romo and Terrell Owens hooked up for a six-yard TD and Matt Hasselbeck of the Seattle Seahawks threw a 17-yard TD pass to Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley.
Manning completed 11-of-16 passes for 147 yards. Romo was 9-of-16 for 87 yards and a pair of TDs.
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