Andrew Luck fumbled his first snap during the AFC's 62-35 loss to the NFC on Sunday but the Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback's first Pro Bowl appearance was a success regardless. That was assured before the opening kickoff.
"Just being around the guys," was the best part of the experience Luck said during a pre-game interview. "You watch these guys on TV, and (then) you're standing around the pool with them. That and going to Pearl Harbor."
Luck was the last of the AFC's three quarterbacks to play. He entered during the final moments of the third quarter and failed to connect with Houston's Chris Myers on the center-quarterback exchange. Luck was as imperturbable as ever. He came back to complete 12-of-19 passes for 205 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning started for the AFC and his first completion went to an old Colts teammate. Wide receiver Reggie Wayne caught it and one other pass for a total of 12 yards. He also rushed once for minus-5 yards while appearing briefly in his sixth Pro Bowl.
Colts outside linebacker Robert Mathis was supposed to be a reserve but with Pro Bowl rules dictating only 4-3 defensive alignments, the pass rushers were ends. Mathis started and played most of the first three quarters as a standup, inside linebacker, then moved to right end.
He finished his fifth Pro Bowl with four tackles and a sack.
Andrew Luck leads all passers in Pro Bowl, but AFC loses 62-35
Indianapolis Star | Jan 28