The NFL wanted to manufacture excitement with the new Pro Bowl Draft format and rule changes. They got it.

Team Rice defeated Team Sanders 22-21 on a rain-soaked field Sunday at Aloha Stadium.

Defense ruled the day, which is not something we’ve seen out of recent Pro Bowls. But while the scoring stayed low, the sloppy conditions actually added to early the excitement.

Nick Foles of Team Sanders was named offensive MVP, while Derrick Johnson of Team Rice won the defensive award.

Vontaze Burfict made a fantastic diving interception for Team Rice in the first quarter as he snagged a tipped ball off the hands of Andrew Luck.

Team Sanders defensive tackle Dontari Poe returned the favor, grabbing a batted ball and returning it to the 7-yard line to set up a Cam Newton touchdown run.

The defensive lines dominated from the start. Drew Brees was hit twice on the first drive, including a blindside sack from Gerald McCoy. On the other side, Newton was sacked four times in the second quarter alone -- obviously Ron Rivera didn’t ask his D-linemen to go easy on his franchise quarterback.

A bevvy of exhilarating plays ensued from the outset.

Team Prime opened the scoring with a flea-flicker touchdown from Luck to DeSean Jackson. DJax snatched the ball away from Team Rice defenders to go up 7-0.

Team Sanders ended the first quarter with an Eric Berry interception of Brees. Given the new rules (in which possession changes at the end of each quarter), a pitch drill ensued. Darrelle Revis almost broke loose. It's the type of exciting play the NFL was hoping to manufacture with the new format.