The 2013 NFL Pro Bowl was everything we knew it would be—high-scoring, nutty and anything but meaningful or intense.
By the time the dust settled in Honolulu on Sunday night, 13 touchdowns had been scored, 97 points had been put up in all and Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph had won arguably the least-coveted award in existence—Pro Bowl MVP honors.
But despite the lackluster showdown, there were several entertaining moments throughout the NFC's 62-35 thrashing of the AFC this past weekend. Whether it was Cleveland Browns kicker Phil Dawson attempting an onside kick with his heel or referee Ed Hochuli announcing, "Yes, there are penalties in the Pro Bowl," Sunday's All-Star matchup wasn't all bad.
Let's look back at the best moments.
Peyton Manning and Jeff Saturday Reunite
Peyton Manning made sure to take one last snap from buddy Jeff Saturday at the 2013 Pro Bowl. Saturday has announced he will retire after 14 seasons, marking the end of a fantastic career for the six-time Pro Bowl center.
Saturday—who played for the Green Bay Packers this past season—switched teams, jumping from the NFC to the AFC in order to hand the snap to his former teammate.
Manning and Saturday played together for 12 seasons in Indianapolis; 13 years if you count 2011, which Manning missed while recovering from neck surgery. Although it was one of the weekend's more somber moments, it was welcomed nonetheless.
Russell Wilson's Explosive Third Quarter
After completing an incredible rookie season with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012, quarterback Russell Wilson gave NFL fans a few more reasons to smile during the third quarter of Sunday's Pro Bowl.
Wilson tossed three touchdown passes in the period, turning an already huge NFC lead into an insurmountable one, even by Pro Bowl standards. The former Wisconsin field general found fellow rookie Doug Martin from 28 yards out, Larry Fitzgerald from nine yards away and hit Vincent Jackson for a five-yard touchdown pass to cap off the sensational stretch.
Wilson's ability to run and make plays in a variety of ways certainly made him a fun part of the 2013 Pro Bowl. His energy was much-needed during the second half, and helped generate some buzz for the fans to get behind.
J.J. Watt Gives Offense a Try, Twice
Twice during Sunday's game, Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt lined up as a wide receiver near the end zone, but both times he was denied by the defense.
Manning threw to the 2012 regular season sack leader early on in the red zone, but the pass was broken up. On Watt's second attempt, New York Giants defensive star Jason Pierre-Paul picked off Andrew Luck's pass, which was intended for Watt in the end zone.
At 6'5", 295 pounds, Watt is a tremendous athlete, but his size and strength don't at all translate to the wide receiver position, where speed and agility play a much more significant role.
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