NFL Pro Bowl: Team Irvin Tops Team Rice 49–27 in Honolulu All-Star Exhibition
NFL Pro Bowl: Team Irvin Tops Team Rice 49–27 in Honolulu All-Star Exhibition

Team Irvin defeated Team Rice 49–27—largely on the strength of their quarterback play—on Jan. 31 in the NFL’s version of the All-Star Game, played in Honolulu.

Team Irvin quarterbacks Russell Wilson, Teddy Bridgewater, and Jameis Winston combined for seven touchdown passes on 20/32 passing for 406 yards and only one interception in the blowout win.

Conversely, Team Rice’s quarterbacks—Derek Carr, Tyrod Taylor, and Eli Manning—threw six interceptions against three touchdowns, while completing 28/48 passes for 386 yards.

There were many highlights in this one, including star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. playing safety at one point—and getting credited with a tackle. (He also caught a pass for 14 yards in his time on offense.)

Meanwhile, All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman played a little offense too—running a laughable reverse for -22 yards. (Not a typo)

There were plenty of other highlights though, including this incredible running throw by Derek Carr to the end zone.

All in all, the Pro Bowl is generally won with an aerial attack as their isn’t much effort put up by the front seven on defense or the offensive line. Team Irvin had more of the star power where it matters, with receivers A.J. Green, Julio Jones, DeAndre Hopkins, and Allen Robinson leading the way on offense and Sherman as well as cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (two interceptions) leading the way on defense.

The exhibition game was the ninth and final for Team Rice safety Charles Woodson. The 39-year-old former Defensive Player of the Year, who registered a tackle in the game, had already announced his retirement and is a sure bet for the Hall of Fame.

The only negative to the game was the injury to tight end Tyler Eifert, who left the game in a walking boot with a foot injury after injuring himself while diving for a catch.

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