“That was the big emphasis this week, making sure that we were competitive and I think we showed that,” he said.
The shenanigans were limited. The teams scored plenty of points. Yet the results were familiar — another ho-hum Pro Bowl.
Now, the future of the game depends on how Commissioner Roger Goodell sees it.
“That’s for him to decide,” Denver quarterback Peyton Manning said. “I thought it was a good, competitive game.”
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson got the crowd pumped up in the second half with some nifty scrambles and three passing touchdowns. There was also Houston’s sack-happy defensive end J.J. Watt going out for a couple of passes as a wide receiver, and retiring Green Bay center Jeff Saturday snapping to two Mannings on opposite teams.
But while the NFC appeared unstoppable on offense, with nearly each player putting up fantasy-worthy lines in limited play, the AFC had five turnovers and scored most of its points well after the game was no longer competitive.
“Guys were competing, guys wanted to win and guys want to keep the game here,” Rudolph insisted. “That was the point before the game. We want to keep this game rolling for future Pro Bowlers.”
He later showed a television camera a bloody left pinkie, joking with NBC broadcasters that it was proof that the players were trying.
“Hey, Commish, we’re playing hard,” Watt said as he showed his finger.
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