The 2013 Pro Bowl was a little more fun to watch than the NFL's all-star game had been in the past, at least for a while. The players legitimately looked as if they were playing a little harder than we're used to seeing them play in the Pro Bowl and it made the game a little more entertaining. Once the game got out of hand as the NFC began to blow the AFC out, though, the lazy play began again.
What was the most entertaining, though, at least for Bengals fans, was the complete and total domination of A.J. Green over any cornerback covering him. He not only now shares the record of Pro Bowl touchdown catches in Bengals franchise history, but he, Cris Collinsworth and Randy Moss are the only three receivers to make the Pro Bowl in their first two seasons.
Green scored the game's first and last touchdowns. The first was a short pass from Peyton Manning from six yards out of the end zone. The second touchdown came early in the fourth quarter and was a four-yard fade route into the end zone thrown by Andrew Luck. The third, and final, touchdown was also thrown by Luck and was a 49-yard bomb with just over six minutes left in the game.
Green finished the game with seven catches for 119 yards and three touchdowns. Still, somehow Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolf was named the game's MVP (five catches for 122 yards and one touchdown). The NFC won by a score of 62-35, dominating the AFC from beginning to end.
As for the other Bengals, tight end Jermaine Gresham finished with one catch for five yards (he narrowly missed out on a long touchdown pass from Andrew Luck), Andrew Whitworth played well, not allowing any sacks and Geno Atkins had one tackle.
Now that the Pro Bowl is over, the NFL will turn all of its attention towards the Super Bowl as the Ravens prepare to take on the 49ers in the Super Dome. Now that the season is officially over for all Bengals players, they can begin to focus on what they need to do in 2013.
What did you think of the 2013 Pro Bowl?