HONOLULU (AP) - Sack-happy defensive end J.J. Watt went out for a pass as a wide receiver, retiring center Jeff Saturday snapped to two Mannings on opposite teams and the NFC blew past the AFC 62-35 in a Pro Bowl that could be the league's last.
Whether the NFL's all-star game will return or not is a question league officials will ponder the next few months. And, the players gave plenty to consider on both sides of the argument Sunday.
The NFC was unstoppable on offense, with nearly each player putting up fantasy-type lines in limited play. The AFC, meanwhile, had five turnovers and scored most of its points well after the game was no longer competitive.
Watt, who had 20 1/2 sacks for Houston, lined up as a wide receiver on the AFC's third play from scrimmage, but missed a pass from Denver quarterback Peyton Manning.
Manning played the first quarter and finished 6-of-12 for 43 yards and the game's first touchdown to former UGA star A.J. Green. Green finished a monster game with seven catches for 119 yards and three scores.
Eli Manning and Russell Wilson combined to throw five touchdowns in the blowout for the NFC, which got key defensive contributions from Atlanta Falcons' defensive backs William Moore and Thomas DeCoud.
Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph, an injury replacement for Falcons' veteran Tony Gonzalez, was named the game's MVP with 122 yards receiving and a touchdown.
Former University of Tennessee star Eric Berry enjoyed a moment in the spotlight when he intercepted a pass on a botched field goal and returned it for a touchdown. However, the play was called back by a penalty.