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2013 Pro Bowl: Winners and Losers

By Alan Schechter

January 27, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; NFC wide receiver Vincent Jackson of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (83) runs with the ball defended by AFC cornerback Antonio Cromartie of the New York Jets (31) in the second quarter during the 2013 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

In what could be the final Pro Bowl that we see, the NFC topped the AFC 62-35. Here are some winners and losers from the game:


AJ Green: Green showed himself quite well, with seven catches for 119 yards and 3 TDs. Green was dominant from beginning to end.

Kyle Rudolph: Out of nowhere came the Vikings tight end, with 5 catches for 122 yards and 1 TD, earning him MVP honors for the game.

Victor Cruz: Cruz danced his way to 1 TD, adding to a performance of 10 catches for 96 yards.

Andrew Luck: After fumbling the first snap he saw, Luck went on to play well, going 12-19 for 205 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT. He did an excellent job filling in for Tom Brady.

Russell Wilson: Wilson was excellent, going 8-10 for 98 yards and 3 TDs.

Peyton Manning and Jeff Saturday: They are on this list together, not for statistical reasons. Jeff Saturday is retiring, so he switched sides for one play, to snap the football to Peyton one more time, after all the years they played together in Indianapolis. It was a very nice moment.


All Running Backs: The running game is never a big factor in the Pro Bowl, and tonight was no different. Although Marshawn Lynch and Jerome Felton rushed for 1 TD each, no back rushed for more than 21 yards (Lynch).

Peyton Manning: Manning did not look great, going only 6-12 for 43 yards and 1 TD. It was nice to see him hookup with his old teammate Reggie Wayne again for a couple of connections.

Arian Foster: All of the running backs were off the mark tonight, but Foster was particularly off his game, running the ball 3 times for -2 yards.

Antonio Cromartie: He did add three tackles, and although he wasn’t credited with it, he did fumble the ball away on a kickoff. Josh Cribbs flipped the ball to him on a reverse, but Cromartie never controlled the football and turned it over to the NFC. It was not a good play.