ORLANDO, Fla. — The Pro Bowl has long been considered a laughable representation of the NFL game. It reached a new level of comedy Sunday as several players swapped positions during the annual event.
Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey caught a touchdown pass in the final minute, capping a dominant showing by the AFC defense in a 26-7 win over the NFC in steady rain.
It was the third consecutive victory for the AFC, all of them at Camping World Stadium. The last two were played in sloppy weather, with the latest one also coming amid temperatures in the mid-50s. It was far from ideal conditions, raising speculation about the game’s future in Orlando, but fairly fitting considering the effort players provided. It was two-hand touch most of the day, with officials blowing plays dead at the slightest hint of contact.
“Who cares, man?” Jets safety Jamal Adams said. “At the end of the day, we’re like little kids out there just playing in the mud, playing in the rain.”
Adams, who made headlines for sacking the Patriots’ mascot during a Pro Bowl skills competition, was named the defensive MVP thanks to an interception and a sack.
“It’s a great achievement, but the main thing was to come out here and get the victory,” Adams said. “That was the main thing, just to get the money, man. That’s what we wanted.”
AFC players will get $67,000 each for the victory, $8,000 more than the guys who lose the Super Bowl on Sunday in Atlanta. The Pro Bowl losers will get $39,000 each.
The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes was named the offensive MVP after completing an 18-yard touchdown pass to the Colts’ Eric Ebron on the opening possession. He finished 7-for-14 for 156 yards.
Mahomes pleaded with voters to give it to Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman, who caught three passes for 92 yards and ran for a score. “Sherman had my vote,” he said. “I thought I told everybody on the camera.”
Mahomes and Adams each got a luxury vehicle.
The AFC defense earned its share of the pot. It allowed the NFC 148 total yards, intercepted three passes and notched seven sacks. Ramsey got in on offense late, catching a 6-yard slant from the Texans’ Deshaun Watson. “Man, me and Deshaun, that’s my brother from another mother,” he said. “We’ve been plotting and scheming all week, manifesting, and it just came about.”
The Giants’ Saquon Barkley, the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott, the Bucs’ Mike Evans and the Saints’ Alvin Kamara got in on defense for the NFC. Evans had an interception.
Another no-call. Adams hugged a line judge who didn’t throw a flag on him for an obvious pass interference against the Packers’ Davante Adams, who dropped to the ground in disbelief. Several NFC teammates protested. Players from both conferences spent the week lamenting a now-infamous no-call in the NFC title game.