Was this the last Pro Bowl ever? We’ll find out in the coming months. However, if it was, a couple of New York Giants helped the NFC go out in style. The NFC scored a Pro Bowl record 62 points in their rout of the AFC 62-35.
Eli Manning played the second quarter of the game relieving Drew Brees who got the start. Eli started out, well, a little rusty. After going two of his first three, his next pass, intended for Kyle Rudolph was intercepted and ran back for a touchdown by Derrick Johnson. After that Eli got in gear.
On the NFC’s next drive, Eli only missed on one pass and threw a touchdown pass to teammate Victor Cruz, who salsa-ed his way to the end-zone from nine yards out, breaking through a couple of tackles. Cruz caught five of Manning’s six completions on that drive alone. Cruz led the NFC with 10 catches for 96 yards.
Manning’s next drive led to a short touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch. Manning helped though. On the first play he connected with Rudolph for 52 yards, then helped get a pass interference on Champ Bailey on his attempt to Vincent Jackson.
On his fourth, and last drive, Manning led the NFC in the two minute offense and didn’t miss on a single pass. His last pass was a fade in the corner to Rudolph for a touchdown.
Of course the Giants had a defender in Pro Bowl too. Jason Pierre-Paul made his presence felt. The game was well out of hand late in the fourth, so J.J. Watt lined up at wide receiver and JPP matched up with him. Andrew Luck threw a jump ball and JPP intercepted it in the end-zone. I’m sure Tom Coughlin wasn’t too thrilled about this. Pierre-Paul also had a sack of Matt Schaub.
Was this the last Pro Bowl? Who knows. However, the Giants helped lead the NFC to a win and that’s all that matters.