Although the Pro Bowl is seemingly just a friendly exhibition between all-star players, everyone on the field has incentive to win.
Each player from the winning team will reportedly take home $70,000 from Sunday's game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, while the losing team will get $35,000 for each player, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The winning total is more than the bonus given out to any of the first three playoff rounds, even more than the amount awarded to the loser of the Super Bowl, which is $62,000, per Joel Corry of CBS Sports.
Winning the Super Bowl gets each player $124,000.
It means that Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins, whose team went 2-14 this season, can land a bigger bonus this week than Patrick Mahomes will next week if the Kansas City Chiefs lose to the San Francisco 49ers.
Mahomes was selected to the Pro Bowl but was replaced by Ryan Tannehill due to the Super Bowl conflict.
On the other hand, the Baltimore Ravens went 14-2 during the season before losing in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. With 13 players invited to the Pro Bowl, the players can at least partially salvage the postseason with an AFC win over the NFC.
The bonus is also especially valuable for someone like Minnesota Vikings fullback C.J. Ham, who made $645,000 on his one-year deal in 2019, per Spotrac.
In any situation, the extra bonus for the winners should create a competitive atmosphere to excite the watching fans.