ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Pro Bowl has prolonged been some-more about climax than competition. Clearly, that memo missed Lorenzo Alexander.
The Buffalo Bills linebacker could have only sat on a late interception for a win, though instead opted to lapse a round 20 yards and afterwards lateralled it to Aqib Talib, who came within 13 yards of a finish section in a AFC’s 20-13 win over a NFC in a NFL’s all-star diversion Sunday night.
“I was critical about that final drive,” Alexander said. “You’re personification fast, personification hard, carrying a good time, though we wanted to win. We took it unequivocally serious.”
That most was apparently on a final expostulate when Alexander, comparison a game’s defensive MVP, got parsimonious finish Jimmy Graham on a tough strike over a center as a NFC gathering a round down margin for what could have been a rallying game-winning drive. A integrate of plays later, a round went off Graham’s hands and right to Alexander, sealing a game.
But even on that play, the increasing rival spirit was apparent when quarterback Kirk Cousins stranded with a play after throwing a interception and knocked a round out of Talib’s hands on a differing strike to save a touchdown.
While many of the 60,834 had already left Camping World Stadium , those who stranded around saw a stirring end.
“It was fun and it was competitive,” Alexander said. “It got a small chippy there late in a game, though that’s partial of it when we have rival people.”
In a new past, a Pro Bowl hadn’t constructed a rival environment. But maybe a lapse of a traditional AFC vs. NFC matchup combined with personification in front a incomparable throng than when a diversion was played in Hawaii, amped adult a power only a bit.
The winners took home $61,000, while a NFC group members staid for $30,000.
“This diversion was unequivocally some-more rival than final time we played in it. we can contend that,” Talib said. “Guys played a lot harder this year.”
The Pro Bowl had been played a final 3 years with a format in that teams were drafted among a players by designated captains.
In a initial half tangible by large plays and pivotal interceptions, a AFC was means to come adult with one some-more play to take a 14-7 lead into halftime and a 20-7 corner early in a fourth quarter.
The NFC should have had 17 points in a initial half, though a preference to not a flog a chip-shot margin idea and an interception in a finish section denied a patrol of points during a initial dual quarters.
Andy Dalton’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Kansas City parsimonious finish Travis Kelce, named a game’s descent MVP with 3 catches for 36 yards, put a AFC forward 14-7 with 1:40 remaining in a second quarter. The touchdown was set adult by a 36-yard punt lapse by a Chiefs’ Tyreek Hill to a NFC 38.
“I suspicion a turn of play was unequivocally good. It was unequivocally competitive,” pronounced Dalton, a Cincinnati quarterback who finished 10 of 12 passes for 100 yards and one touchdown. “It came down right to a end. You can’t ask for most some-more than that in any football game.”
It was a comparatively low-scoring diversion that was tangible by large defensive stops, that enclosed a goal-line mount when Zach Brown pressed Dallas rookie using behind Ezekiel Elliott during a 1-yard line in a initial quarter.
The play seemed to set a tinge as both defenses gave adult small opposite a run and put vigour on all of a quarterbacks, that has not always been a box in a Pro Bowl.
“We were carrying fun, though we were unequivocally out there competing, unequivocally personification to win,” pronounced Cousins, who led a NFC on a dual fourth-quarter drives that finished with margin goals though could not get a round into a finish zone. “Everybody was giving their all on both sides of a round during a end. It done for an sparkling finish.”
New Orleans’ Drew Brees finished 10 of 19 passes for 112 yards and one touchdown to Seattle’s Doug Baldwin to lead a NFC. Kansas City’s Alex Smith, a starter for a AFC, finished 6 of 8 passes for 74 yards, including a 26-yard TD toss to Tennessee’s Delanie Walker early in a second quarter .
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