Texans defensive end J.J. Watt went out for a pass. The Packers' Jeff Saturday snapped to two Mannings, and the NFC blew past the AFC 62-35 in the Pro Bowl on Sunday.
Whether the game returns is a question the league plans to determine by April based on the players' effort.
If players were coasting, it was less obvious. The AFC just played poorly while the NFC was pretty much unstoppable on offense.
That included both Bucs. Vincent Jackson caught six passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns. Doug Martin caught three passes for 40 yards and a touchdown and ran three times for 8 yards.
The AFC, meanwhile, had five turnovers and scored most of its points well after the game was no longer competitive.
Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph was voted the game's MVP after catching five passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.
"Guys were competing. Guys wanted to win, and guys want to keep the game here," he said. "That was the point before the game. We want to keep this game rolling for future Pro Bowlers."
Watt, who had 20½ sacks, lined up as a receiver on the AFC's third play but missed a pass from Denver's Peyton Manning. Watt was targeted once more but didn't make a catch. He later showed a TV camera a bloody left pinkie.
"Hey, Commish, we're playing hard," he said to NBC's Al Michaels during the in-game interview.
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Tampa Bay Times | Jan 28