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NFL's best compete at Pro Bowl

Matt Vogrin, Assistant Sports Editor

The best players in the NFL traveled to Orlando, Fla., to participate in the Pro Bowl. Players came down to play in the game as well as participate in events that got the fans involved. The Pro Bowl is known to be a fun weekend for the fans and players rather than a serious competition.


The game started with sunshine and light clouds. The AFC got off to fast start as star quarterback Patrick Mahomes led the team to a touchdown. Although the weather changed quickly, the momentum for the game did not. Team AFC jumped out to an early 17 to nothing lead heading into halftime. Colts tight end Eric Ebron scored the first touchdown while the Chiefs Anthony Sherman had the second. 

 

Team NFC came out aggressive to start the second half but could not put any points on the board. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson led a nice drive that came up just short of scoring. Rain started to become a factor as the playing conditions got worse. Quarterback passes were not clean due to the wet conditions. Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky struggled in the third quarter, throwing an interception on a pass that looked to have slipped out of his hand. Team AFC kicked a field goal late in the third quarter to keep the momentum and increase their lead 20-0 heading into the fourth quarter.


In the fourth quarter, the game consisted of a lot of trick plays and good humor. Players started to relax and enjoy the rain. Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott led the NFC to their first and only touchdown. Cornerback for the Jaguars, Jalen Ramsey, caught the AFC’s final touchdown. It was a unique play where a defensive player scored while playing wide receiver on offense.


Following the AFC’s destruction of the NFC, quarterback Patrick Mahomes was named one of the MVPs for the AFC. “It was awesome to be around the best of the best. I had a lot of fun,” Mahomes said to a NFL network member during his postgame interview. He also acknowledged that the fans were awesome. 

Mahomes’ exciting interview wrapped up an entertaining Pro Bowl where the AFC ultimately dominated the game 26-7.