Team Rice Beats Team Sanders 22-21 In A Very Competitive 2014 Pro Bowl Game

The 2014 Pro Bowl included several changes this year and it resulted in perhaps the most competitive game that has been played in years as Team Rice knocked off Team Sanders 22-21 at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith with less than a minute to play in regulation and Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert plunged into the end zone for a two-point conversion to give Jerry Rice a win over Deion Sanders in the first ever unconferenced Pro Bowl game.

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles was named offensive MVP of the game and Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson won the defensive MVP award. Foles was 7-of-10 passing in the game for 89 yards and a touchdown to Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron in the loss.

The game this year featured a lot more effort and included quarterbacks being sacked a total of nine times. The 43 total points scored in the game was the lowest amount dating back to 2005 when the NFC beat the AFC 23-17.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown only had one catch in the game as he beat Browns cornerback Joe Haden down the right sideline with a double move to haul in a pass from Foles for 39 yards. That reception led to a touchdown just two plays later and it gave Team Sanders the lead with 4:49 left in the fourth quarter.

While I’m still not a fan of the Pro Bowl being unconferenced and including a draft, the product was much better this year. The players appeared to like the format and their effort showed it.

We will see what the final television ratings come in at, but I think it is safe to say that the Pro Bowl has been saved from extinction.

  • JT

    I don’t want it being a draft so AB never plays with Newton again. Another awful performance by him.

  • michael young

    It really was a much better game this year. I actually witnessed players laying hits on each other. I’m sure Jamal Charles has a few words for his boy today. Lol. All in all, it was a better game this time around. I actually enjoyed it.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Having the Pro Bowl unconferenced adds the excitement of teammates (possibly) facing each other, and also means that ANY given Pro Bowl QB could potentially be throwing to ANY given Pro Bowl receiver. Which is fun, in my opinion. Calling the squads Team Rice and Team Sanders is (to me) as meaningless as having AFC versus NFC—because the point is an all-star game.

    I, for one, don’t feel any special kinship with the other teams in the AFC (if anything, I might actually dislike them more, sine they’re more frequent opponents during the regular season), so I never had any special inclination to root for one specific conference to win. Call them Team McDonald’s and Team Wendy’s for all I care. So long as great players put on an entertaining product, I’ll watch.

  • chris ward

    Pro Bowl was a lot more competitive in years past, 2 years ago the effort was embarrassing. Thought some of the new rule changes made the game more interesting.

  • HopalongCassidy

    No matter how you cut it, it’s still a meaningless game. To me it is even more meaningless if you don’t play NFC vs. AFC. It’s just some pick-up game and you really have no reason to root for one over the other. What good is that ?

  • Steve

    The Pro Bowl was interesting this year. Was not interested in the game before but took a look at it and will be back. The players were giving much more effort than in games past. Hope they keep the format as is.