2018 Pro Bowl

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2018 Pro Bowl
2018 Pro Bowl.jpg
1234 Total
NFC 71303 23
AFC 30147 24
DateJanuary 28, 2018
StadiumCamping World Stadium, Orlando, Florida
Offensive MVPDelanie Walker (Tennessee Titans)
Defensive MVPVon Miller (Denver Broncos)
RefereeWalt Anderson[1]
Attendance51,019
Ceremonies
National anthemJordan Fisher
Coin tossDerrick Brooks
Warrick Dunn
Jason Taylor
LaDainian Tomlinson
Halftime showJordan Fisher
TV in the United States
NetworkESPN/ABC
AnnouncersSean McDonough, Matt Hasselbeck, Lisa Salters and Louis Riddick
Radio in the United States
NetworkWestwood One
AnnouncersKevin Kugler (play-by-play)
Steve Tasker (analyst)
Laura Okmin (sideline reporter)

The 2018 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2017 season, which was played at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on January 28, 2018. For the first time since 2008, the game started during afternoon hours instead of primetime hours for U.S. Mainland viewers with a 3:00 PM ET start. It marked the second year the game was played in Orlando. It was televised nationally by ESPN and simulcasted on ABC. The roster was announced on December 19 on NFL Network. The AFC team won the game 24–23, the second straight year the Pro Bowl was won by the AFC.

Background[edit]

Host selection process[edit]

Under a three-year deal that began in 2017, the Pro Bowl will once again be hosted by Camping World Stadium in Orlando.[2]

Side events[edit]

The Pro Bowl Skills Challenge was held on January 25 at the Walt Disney World Resort and its ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Game format[edit]

Rule changes[edit]

The game format was the same as for 2017, highlighted by:

  • Forty-four players were assigned to each team, up from 43 in 2016 (a regular game-day active roster has 46).
  • The two-minute warning that was given in the first and third quarters (in addition to the second and fourth quarters) in previous years was eliminated, and the ball did not change hands after the first and third quarters.
  • The coin toss determined which team was awarded possession first. There were no kickoffs; the ball was placed on the 25-yard line at the start of each half and after scoring plays.
  • Defenses were now permitted to play cover two and press coverage. Prior to 2014, only man coverage was allowed, except for goal line situations.
  • A 38-second/25-second play clock was used instead of the usual 40-second/25-second clock, and up from 35-second/25-second clock in 2016.
  • Replay reviews will be allowed; previously there was replay in the Pro Bowl only when new equipment tests were being conducted.
  • There are no intentional grounding rules.
  • Only defensive ends and tackles may rush on passing plays, but those must be on the same side of the ball. The defense is not permitted to blitz.
  • All blindside blocks and blocks below the waist are illegal.
  • A tight end and running back must be in every formation.
  • No more than two wide receivers on either side of the ball.
  • Deep middle safety must be aligned inside the hash marks.
  • Play is stopped the moment a defender wraps his arms around the ball carrier. (This rule only applies to the quarterback in the backfield during regular NFL play.)

Summary[edit]

Box score[edit]

2018 Pro Bowl: American Football Conference vs National Football Conference
1 2 34Total
NFC 7 13 0323
AFC 3 0 14724

at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida

AFC rosters[edit]

The following players were selected to represent the AFC:

Offense[edit]

Position Starter(s) Reserve(s) Alternate(s)
Quarterback 12 Tom Brady, New England[d]   7 Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh
17 Philip Rivers, LA Chargers[b][3]
11 Alex Smith, Kansas City[a][3]
  4 Derek Carr, Oakland[a][4]
Running back 26 Le'Veon Bell, Pittsburgh 25 LeSean McCoy, Buffalo
27 Kareem Hunt, Kansas City
Fullback 46 James Develin, New England[d] 45 Roosevelt Nix, Pittsburgh[a][5]
Wide receiver 10 DeAndre Hopkins, Houston[b][6]
84 Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh
13 Keenan Allen, LA Chargers
18 A. J. Green, Cincinnati[b][7]
13 TY Hilton, Indianapolis[a][7]
14 Jarvis Landry, Miami[a][6]
Tight end 87 Travis Kelce, Kansas City[b][8] 87 Rob Gronkowski, New England[d] 82 Delanie Walker, Tennessee[a][8]
84 Jack Doyle, Indianapolis[a][9]
Offensive tackle 77 Taylor Lewan, Tennessee
78 Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh
72 Donald Penn, Oakland[b][10] 76 Russell Okung, LA Chargers[a][10]
Offensive guard 66 David DeCastro, Pittsburgh
70 Kelechi Osemele, Oakland
64 Richie Incognito, Buffalo
Center 53 Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh 61 Rodney Hudson, Oakland

Defense[edit]

Position Starter(s) Reserve(s) Alternate(s)
Defensive end 93 Calais Campbell, Jacksonville[b][11]
99 Joey Bosa, LA Chargers[b][12]
52 Khalil Mack, Oakland[b][13] 54 Melvin Ingram, LA Chargers[a][12]
97 Cameron Heyward, Pittsburgh[a][13]
91 Yannick Ngakoue, Jacksonville[a][11]
Defensive tackle 97 Geno Atkins, Cincinnati
99 Jurrell Casey, Tennessee
97 Malik Jackson, Jacksonville
Outside linebacker 58 Von Miller, Denver
90 Jadeveon Clowney, Houston[b][11]
55 Terrell Suggs, Baltimore 50 Telvin Smith, Jacksonville[a][11]
Inside linebacker 57 C.J. Mosley, Baltimore 50 Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh[b][14] 53 Joe Schobert, Cleveland[a][14]
Cornerback 20 Jalen Ramsey, Jacksonville
21 A. J. Bouye, Jacksonville
21 Aqib Talib, Denver
26 Casey Hayward, LA Chargers
Free safety 32 Eric Weddle, Baltimore 31 Kevin Byard, Tennessee[a][15]
Strong safety 20 Reshad Jones, Miami 23 Micah Hyde, Buffalo[b][15]

Special teams[edit]

Position Starter Alternate(s)
Punter   6 Brett Kern, Tennessee
Placekicker   9 Chris Boswell, Pittsburgh
Return specialist 10 Tyreek Hill, Kansas City
Special teamer 18 Matthew Slater, New England[d] 41 Brynden Trawick, Tennessee[a][15]
Long snapper 46 Clark Harris, Cincinnati[16]

NFC rosters[edit]

The following players were selected to represent the NFC:

Offense[edit]

Position Starter(s) Reserve(s) Alternate(s)
Quarterback 11 Carson Wentz, Philadelphia[b][d]   3 Russell Wilson, Seattle
  9 Drew Brees, New Orleans
16 Jared Goff, LA Rams[a][17]
Running back 30 Todd Gurley, LA Rams 22 Mark Ingram, New Orleans
41 Alvin Kamara, New Orleans
Fullback 44 Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco
Wide receiver 11 Julio Jones, Atlanta[b][18]
19 Adam Thielen, Minnesota
11 Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona[b][19]
13 Michael Thomas, New Orleans
17 Davante Adams, Green Bay[a][18]
89 Doug Baldwin, Seattle[a][19]
Tight end 86 Zach Ertz, Philadelphia[d] 88 Jimmy Graham, Seattle[b][20] 82 Jason Witten, Dallas[a][21]
82 Kyle Rudolph, Minnesota[a][20]
Offensive tackle 71 Trent Williams, Washington[b][22]
77 Tyron Smith, Dallas[b][23]
65 Lane Johnson, Philadelphia[d] 77 Andrew Whitworth, LA Rams[a][22]
74 Joe Staley, San Francisco[a][23]
76 Duane Brown, Seattle[24]
Offensive guard 70 Zack Martin, Dallas[b][25]
79 Brandon Brooks, Philadelphia[d]
75 Brandon Scherff, Washington[b][26] 70 Trai Turner, Carolina[a][25]
76 T. J. Lang, Detroit[a][26]
67 Larry Warford, New Orleans[a][27]
Center 51 Alex Mack, Atlanta 72 Travis Frederick, Dallas

Defense[edit]

Position Starter(s) Reserve(s) Alternate(s)
Defensive end 90 DeMarcus Lawrence, Dallas
97 Everson Griffen, Minnesota[b][28]
94 Cameron Jordan, New Orleans 72 Michael Bennett, Seattle[a][28]
Defensive tackle 91 Fletcher Cox, Philadelphia[d]
99 Aaron Donald, LA Rams[b][29]
93 Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay 76 Mike Daniels, Green Bay[a][29]
98 Linval Joseph, Minnesota[a][20]
Outside linebacker 55 Chandler Jones, Arizona
91 Ryan Kerrigan, Washington
55 Anthony Barr, Minnesota[b][30] 58 Thomas Davis Sr., Carolina[a][30]
Inside linebacker 59 Luke Kuechly, Carolina[b][31] 54 Bobby Wagner, Seattle[b][32] 45 Deion Jones, Atlanta[a][31]
58 Kwon Alexander, Tampa Bay[a][32]
Cornerback 21 Patrick Peterson, Arizona
29 Xavier Rhodes, Minnesota
23 Marshon Lattimore, New Orleans
23 Darius Slay, Detroit
Free safety 29 Earl Thomas, Seattle
Strong safety 21 Landon Collins, NY Giants[b][20] 27 Malcolm Jenkins, Philadelphia[d] 22 Keanu Neal, Atlanta[a][33]
22 Harrison Smith, Minnesota[a][20]

Special teams[edit]

Position Starter Alternate(s)
Punter   6 Johnny Hekker, LA Rams
Placekicker   4 Greg Zuerlein, LA Rams[b] 9 Graham Gano, Carolina[a][25]
Return specialist 10 Pharoh Cooper, LA Rams
Special teamer 36 Budda Baker, Arizona
Long snapper 44 Jake McQuaide, LA Rams[34]

Notes: Players must have accepted their invitations as alternates to be listed; those who declined are not considered Pro Bowlers.

bold player who participated in game
(C) signifies the player has been selected as a captain
a Replacement Player selection due to injury or vacancy
b Injured/suspended player; selected but did not participate
c Replacement starter; selected as reserve
d Selected but did not play because his team advanced to Super Bowl LII (see Pro Bowl "Player Selection" section)

Number of selections per team[edit]

American Football Conference
Team Selections
Pittsburgh Steelers 10
Jacksonville Jaguars 6
Los Angeles Chargers 6
Tennessee Titans 6
Oakland Raiders 5
New England Patriots 4
Kansas City Chiefs 4
Baltimore Ravens 3
Buffalo Bills 3
Cincinnati Bengals 3
Denver Broncos 2
Houston Texans 2
Indianapolis Colts 2
Miami Dolphins 2
Cleveland Browns 1
New York Jets 0
National Football Conference
Team Selections
Los Angeles Rams 8
Seattle Seahawks 7
Minnesota Vikings 7
New Orleans Saints 7
Philadelphia Eagles 6
Dallas Cowboys 5
Arizona Cardinals 4
Carolina Panthers 4
Atlanta Falcons 4
Washington Redskins 3
Green Bay Packers 2
Detroit Lions 2
San Francisco 49ers 2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2
New York Giants 1
Chicago Bears 0

Broadcasting[edit]

The 2018 Pro Bowl was televised nationally by ABC, ESPN, and ESPN Deportes. The simulcast marked the game's return to broadcast television, as well as its return to ABC for the first time since 2003.[35] To accommodate the return to broadcast television, the game moved from primetime to an afternoon start time to avoid interfering with ABC's Primetime Lineup.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Walt Anderson is the referee for the 2018 Pro Bowl
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