2023 NFL Pro Bowl Games Scoring, Rules Revealed for Skills Competition, Flag Football

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVDecember 20, 2022

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - FEBRUARY 06:  Defensive MVP Maxx Crosby #98 of the Las Vegas Raiders and AFC and offensive MVP Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Chargers and AFC wait to be interviewed after the AFC defeated the NFC 41-35 in the 2022 NFL Pro Bowl at Allegiant Stadium on February 06, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The NFL announced the rules and regulations for the revamp of the 2023 Pro Bowl on Tuesday, which will be highlighted by a series of skill competitions and three flag football games.

Renamed the Pro Bowl Games, the new format will see the NFC and AFC battle for supremacy over a full weekend of events.

The Games will begin Thursday, Feb. 2, with five skills competitions, and the winner of the competitions will earn three points for his conference. Three more skills competitions will take place Sunday, Feb. 5, putting a total of 24 points on the line.

An additional 12 points (six for each game) will be up for grabs in the first two flag football competitions held Sunday during the Pro Bowl Games broadcast. The total points earned by the AFC and NFC will be the starting score for a third and final flag football game, which will use standard flag football scoring.


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The Pro Bowl Games Shorthand

  • Eight total skills competitions; winners receive three points for their conference
  • Two flag football competitions, winners receive six points for their conference. 
  • Total of 36 points on the line before the third and final flag football game, which will be added to all other events to determine the final score of the weekend. 

Pro Bowl Games Flag Football Rules

  • Seven-on-seven featuring skill players
  • Each team may have one center
  • 50-yard field with 10-yard end zones
  • No Run Zone beginning at the opponent's 5-yard line
  • 20-minute games (two 10-minute halves)
  • 25-second play clock
  • Running clock besides the final two minutes of each half
  • Clock stops on an incomplete pass, score, timeout, penalty or change of possession in the final two minutes of each half
  • Touchdowns worth six points; teams can then do a one-point conversion from the 3-yard line or a two-point conversion from the 10-yard line

The score from the third flag football game will be added to the scores from the other events to determine a final victor.

The NFL announced a revamping of the Pro Bowl in September after years of fan complaints regarding the quality of play in the contest. Players would regularly pull out of the event, citing injuries from a long season, which would lead to diluted rosters and a game that rarely felt worth watching.

This revamped format should help enliven the festivities for fans and players alike, leading to a celebration of the best from the 2022 NFL season.

Full rosters for the Pro Bowl Games are set to be announced Wednesday.