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Author: Jon Kuzma
It’s not very often that you see a Pro Bowl team only score 7 points in the NFL’s annual all-star showdown. In fact the last time that a team scored 7 points or less was back in 1994 and there’s two things to takeaway from this outcome. The first being that the AFC’s defense was outstanding thanks to special performances by Cameron Heyward (4 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and 1 TFL), Xavien Howard (3 tackles and 1 INT), and Jamal Adams (2 tackles, 1 sack, and 1 TFL). The other obvious observation was that the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff (NFC) doesn’t know how to get very much out of their players. Jason Garrett and Kellen Moore struggled to generate any offense and in today’s day and age that’s clearly a glaring weakness. Then you had Patrick Mahomes airing it out for 156 yards, 1 touchdowns, and no interceptions ultimately taking home MVP honors. While Eric Ebron and Jalen Ramsey ended up catching touchdowns for the AFC. One side was so crisp offensively and then the other side didn’t score until the 4th quarter when Dak Prescott threw a touchdown to Austin Hooper. It was just a lopsided game all-around and now there’s even more pressure on Garrett’s shoulders. The other notable performers were Keenan Allen who recorded 95 receiving yards for the American side. Mike Evans and Kyle Fuller both recorded interceptions for the Nationals but the rain made it tough and that was part of the reason that neither team cracked 30 points. Nobody really tackles in the Pro Bowl either but it’s still fun to see all of the best players on the same field at once. Give Anthony Lynn credit for reeling in his guys and being able to pull out the victory. This might be an exhibition match-up but it’s something you can look back on and feel good about for not only getting there but also winning the game.
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The AFC’s defense was the most exciting thing in the Pro Bowl. They clamped down on the NFC.