For the first time it what seems like forever the Rams had more than one player in the Pro Bowl. The game had the same uncompetitive feel to it that at some points made it boring, but that didn’t stop the Rams players from making some sort of impact.
As usual punter Johnny Hekker punted the ball well as he had all season having four punts that averaged 47 yards and two landed inside the 20.
Defensive end Robert Quinn also had a respectable game coming up with one sack and then had a tipped pass that lead to an interception, and should have ended up in points, but a failed fourth down conversion on the three yard line lead to a turnover on downs instead.
The new rules with the teams being unconferenced was a nice twist as you had Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson laying out Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles as well as other players from the same team going up against each other. The game was pretty boring throughout, but an exciting finish on a two point conversion scored by Mike Tolbert, sealed the 22-21 victory for team Rice.
The 22-21 final was the lowest scoring Pro Bowl since 2006 that resulted in a 23-17 NFC victory. The last two years, the winning team has scored more than the total amount of points that was scored in this season’s game.
It was nice to see that defense actually played a role in this year’s game, but the NFL is never going to be able to make this game as high of quality as they would like, heck the most exciting part of the game may have been in the second half when a woman ran onto the field. The bottom line is that this game is meaningless. It’s basically a preseason game at the end of the season.
Whether or not commissioner Roger Goodell was pleased with the game’s result is uncertain, but for now the game’s future will remain in question and you can almost be sure that if the game is going to continue, further changes are going to be made.