NFL Pro Bowl close, but hardly competitive

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It was raining for most of the game, which changed the dynamic a bit as typically the Pro Bowl is a game where the defenders are on autopilot and the quarterbacks are trying to throw the ball down the field as much as possible. Then Harrison Smith promptly picks off Ben Roethlisberger on fourth down and takes it in for six. The best news is nobody got hurt.

The NFC opened the game's scoring on their first drive, with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees throwing an eight-yard pass to Minnesota Vikings receiver Adam Thielen.

So it should come as no surprise that after the score - and before Smith slipped on his red baseball cap, signifying the end of his night - the two shared one final laugh.

That's how the AFC completed a 17-point comeback in the second half and won 24-23. While the NFL probably isn't wading into the national title debate, the Knights sure don't mind getting the words "national championship, undefeated season" in there one more time.

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If players are lucky enough to be one of the 88 players selected to the game, then many of them are too anxious about their careers to play a competitive game, if they play at all.

Pro Bowl performance: After putting on a show during the Pro Bowl Skills Competition, Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry stood out again during the actual AFC-NFC all-star game. Obviously, this probably won't fly because no one wants to see their franchise quarterback take a hit.

Von Miller seems to make his biggest plays in January and February - even when the game is an exhibition.

"He's composed, he knows how to play the game, he understands what we need and he gets the job done", Walker said, when asked why he has such affection for Smith. Pro Bowlers that will play in the Super Bowl won't be on either roster Sunday, meaning the likes of Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Zach Ertz and Fletcher Cox won't suit up.

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Walker's second touchdown catch of the day was an 18-yard catch down the seam from QB Derek Carr that gave the AFC its only lead of the day and was the eventual game-winning score.

The NFL Pro Bowl is always held the week before the nation's biggest game, the Super Bowl.

ORLANDO-There's a lot to be decided before next season's Pro Bowl, including where the National Football League intends to hold it, but some players undoubtedly have their minds set on getting there after watching Sunday's game.

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