Pro Bowl Cup 2024 Winner and loser, NFC dominates skills challenges, Manning bro fatigue

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Written By Vikas Jangid

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  • NFC secures second consecutive Pro Bowl Games victory, emphasizing consistent excellence.
  • A dominant performance in skills competitions underscores the NFC's proficiency and skill set.
  • The late-game scoring surge in the second half of the flag football game contributes to the NFC's 64-59 overall win.
  • Despite AFC's 50-34 victory in the flag football game, they struggled in the final quarter, being outscored 19-6; NFC players earn a $80,000 bonus each.
  • while AFC players receive half, the event spans multiple days in Orlando, Florida, starting on Thursday and concluding with final events at Camping World Stadium on Sunday.

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Winner and Loser From The Pro Bowl Cup


CeeDee Lamb and Keenan Allen

It's challenging to draw any football-related conclusions, but two receivers, one from each conference, showcased their skills in the flag football game. On the NFC side, Lamb made five receptions for 44 yards, leading the team with three receiving touchdowns.

In the AFC, Keenan Allen matched Lamb's three receiving touchdowns. Additionally, he contributed a passing touchdown with a 7-yard trick play to Jaguars tight end Evan Engram. Allen led the AFC in both catches with nine and receiving yards with 90.

Mic’ed up

Perhaps the most noteworthy aspect of the entire lineup of programming is the access to audio and conversations among players and coaches, along with in-game sideline interviews.

Being able to listen to play calls as they happen, the relay of play calls to players in the huddle, and the various strategic adjustments throughout the game provide intriguing glimpses that cater to even the most traditional football enthusiasts.

The NFC excels in the skills challenges.

Acknowledge the NFC for maintaining a stronger focus on the skills competitions throughout the entire weekend. The NFC demonstrated clear dominance, winning all but one skills competition event, the kick tic-tac-toe. Overall, the NFC outscored the AFC, 30-9, in all the skills competitions, serving as the main factor for the NFC's victory in the entire event.

The gridiron gauntlet obstacle course event

This remains one of the standout events in the Pro Bowl games. The relay-style game brings a childlike simplicity reminiscent of early '90s game shows like "American Gladiators."

It combines agility and strength events, featuring challenges like footwork and sled pushes. The AFC and NFC compete alongside each other, and the diverse events and relay format often lead to close and exciting finishes.

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The Best Catch Event

Similar to the previous year, this event turned out to be the most disappointing and lackluster. It was a pre-recorded segment shown on tape delay, involving only two players, one from each conference.

The absence of any buildup eliminated any potential for tension or drama. Despite its attempt to emulate the NBA's Slam Dunk Contest, it fails to generate much interest or excitement. A complete reimagination of the event seems necessary.

Perhaps it's about time to have hosts other than the Mannings.

For the second consecutive year, the Manning brothers took on coaching roles for both Pro Bowl teams, with Peyton leading the AFC and Eli guiding the NFC.

Even in their retirement, the Mannings remain integral to the NFL season, appearing in endorsements and hosting the ESPN ManningCast show during "Monday Night Football."

While they excel at providing entertaining soundbites on camera, there's a sense that Manning's enthusiasm might be waning.

If we could suggest a couple of alternatives: former Seahawks standout Marshawn Lynch for the NFC and former journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for the AFC, both of whom have significant media experience and could bring a fresh perspective to the Pro Bowl.

Geno Smith

Once again, it's challenging to draw any meaningful football conclusions from the Pro Bowl, but Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith had a notably tough day.

Smith completed 15 of 21 passes for 154 yards, managing a couple of touchdowns, but he also threw three interceptions – the highest in the Pro Bowl.

One of those interceptions occurred on a crucial fourth-and-goal play, directly costing points. His QB rating of 84.3 was lower than Keenan Allen's for the AFC, which stood at 135.4. It's crucial to bear in mind that the pace of play in the Pro Bowl is more like a walkthrough practice with a hint of competition.

In the broader perspective, the outcomes have minimal significance.

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