2019 Pro Bowl

For the third year in a row the Pro Bowl took place in Orlando, Florida featuring some of the best players in the game.

Cory Fakterowitz, Staff Writer

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Once again, Camping World Stadium hosted the Pro Bowl, which is held to showcase some of the best the league has to offer minus the Super Bowl teams and those who drop out for various reasons including injuries and avoiding potential injuries. From 1980 to 2016, with the exception of only two years, the game was held at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii. Instead of having the game in the middle of the season, like the other three major U.S. sports, they have it the week before the Super Bowl. It has often received criticism for its lack of play as it is often noted the players hit each other as “though they were having a pillow fight.” Of course, this is due to the serious concern for injury in such a dangerous sport. It is typically between the two conferences, the AFC (American Football Conference) and NFC (National Football Conference). However, in 2014 through 2016 they experimented with having captains and doing a fantasy draft.

The 2019 Pro Bowl ended in a dominant victory for the AFC by a score of 26-7. It was a cold and rainy day in Orlando as the two conferences competed for the trophy (which ended up being broken by now broadcaster and former Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten) and some money. Even with those stakes the game was not taken very seriously as some players even brought their phones on the field for selfies. There was virtually no tackling throughout the game and most plays were blown dead as soon as players were touched despite the fans complaining about this on a year to year basis. Patrick Mahomes and Jamal Adams ended up winning co- MVP of the game after Mahomes completed seven of fourteen passing attempts, throwing for 156 yards and one touchdown pass and Adams had an interception and a sack on quarterback Mitch Trubisky of the Chicago Bears.  By halftime the game was 17-0 in favor of the AFC then 20-0 heading into the 4th quarter of the game in which the NFC was very close to becoming the first team to ever be shut out as the Pro Bowl has typically been a defense-free high scoring game. The past couple of years have been the first in which the defense somehow stepped up. The AFC defense held three of the top quarterbacks in the league to only 101 passing yards for the whole game!

Some players on the NFC who typically play offense decided to play defense as well. You may know Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliot as two of the top running backs in the NFL but in this game were pass rushing. Then, running back Alvin Kamara of the New Orleans Saints even almost got a sack and then to top that Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans managed to pick off Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans. Overall in a very cold and rainy day the Pro Bowl was entertaining for some as they got to watch some of the NFL’s most elite talent.


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