While it definitely wasn’t their ultimate goal for the year, the Kansas City Chiefs had a great showing in the 2014 Pro Bowl, and provided a lot of the fun. Eric Berry had six tackles, a fumble recovery and intercepted Drew Brees at the end of the first quarter. With the new format, teams alternate possessions at the end of each quarter, so Berry had to go for broke on his interception return.
After spinning out of a couple of tackles, he ran for 30 yards and tossed a lateral to Darrelle Revis, who went down after another 15 yards. In the second quarter, another pick fell into Dontari Poe’s arms courtesy of Philip Rivers.
Poe was able to run it back 42 yards to the seven-yard line. It’s debatable which play was more entertaining. Watching Berry in his all or nothing efforts was fun, but seeing Poe, a 350-pound man, move that fast down the field has my vote for most entertaining.
Derrick Johnson also had an outstanding day compiling nine tackles, defending a pass and almost grabbing a pick himself. Those who have followed Johnson’s career have to smile at his near pick as the great inside linebacker likely holds the NFL record for ‘almost interceptions’. Regardless, he had a great day earning much-deserved Defensive MVP honors, and showing why he should have been an initial selection and not an alternate.
And let’s not forget about Alex Smith — another alternate who was picked last by Team Rice. After coming in late in the third quarter and getting no help from his receivers, he finally got some assistance as the game was winding down. Smith led a two-minute-drill 58 yards down the field, capping it off with a 20-yard touchdown pass to DeMarco Murray for the game-winning score. So thanks to the Chiefs, who made this year’s Pro Bowl worth watching, which is something we haven’t been able to say in a long time.