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2013 Pro Bowl: Buccaneers Help Lead NFC to Victory

The NFC defeated the AFC 65 to 32 in the annual NFL Pro Bowl today, and it was 3 players from a 7-9 NFC team who provided a good portion of the NFC’s big plays. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were represented well at the Pro Bowl, as Vincent Jackson, Doug Martin, and Gerald McCoy all made their presences felt in the yearly all star game.

Vincent Jackson was the first player for the NFC to score, connecting on a 36 yard pass from Drew Brees. He would add another touchdown later on, as Russell Wilson would find him for a score. Jackson finished with 6 catches for 91 yards and 2 scores, and was barely beat out for MVP honors by Minnesota’s Kyle Rudolph. Doug Martin, like Jackson, received a touchdown pass from Wilson and wound up with 48 yards from scrimmage in more limited action. McCoy was a mainstay on the NFC defense, chipping in with a tackle for loss and a fumble recovery.

The NFC was able to overcome two early turnovers that cost them points, as an Adrian Peterson fumble on the first play of the game led to AFC points, and an Eli Manning pick-6 in the 2nd quarter would give the AFC hope of staying in the game. But when the NFC team held onto the ball, the offense just couldn’t be stopped. The NFC tallied 400 passing yards, and scored on 6 of 7 red zone trips.

For those who missed the game, it was admittedly not the most entertaining game of football. However, there was certainly more consistent effort than last year, and a segment the players obviously want to keep the Pro Bowl on the NFL schedule. There were a few Pro Bowl exclusive moments, like J.J. Watt lining up at wide receiver, and Jeff Saturday snapping the ball to Peyton Manning despite Saturday being an NFC player and Peyton representing the NFC.

Did you catch the Pro Bowl, Bucs fans? Do you think it’s worth having in the future? If you did watch, what do you think of the decision to give the MVP to Rudolph instead of our guy VJax? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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