The Pro Bowl was everything it was advertised to be. Or something like that.
It was not competitive. By the third quarter it wasn’t close, either. Team Irvin pulled away from Team Rice and won the game, 49-27.
No one will remember. There were really good players who made some really good plays, but Team Irvin was clearly superior and both teams were trying to avoid injury. Smartly. Most plays didn’t even end in a real tackle.
Team Irvin’s Russell Wilson threw for 164 yards and three touchdowns, all in the first half. Team Rice scored first, then Team Irvin took over from there. Six different Team Irvin players had receiving touchdowns; Allen Robinson led everyone with 105 receiving yards. Travis Kelce of Team Rice had 91 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
If you didn’t see it, you didn’t miss much. Richard Sherman and Charles Woodson lined up on offense. Cedric Peerman, a Pro Bowl special teams player, was catching passes. Odell Beckham and Devonta Freeman lined up on defense. Team Rice converted two fake punts.
Two fake punts. And lost by a bunch.
Winston Moss of the Packers was the winning coach. Moss coached because Mike McCarthy was ill and unable to make the trip. We’ll all miss Woodson, but it’s hard to say the Pro Bowl was his last football game because it wasn’t much of a football game.