AFC Defeats NFC 38-33 in 2020 Pro Bowl
MVP honors for Lamar Jackson and Calais Campbell
Some sporting events showcase just why taking an early lead is so important. In a close game like this year’s Pro Bowl, making the most of an early advantage can go a long way. In the game’s second half, the NFC outscored the AFC 19-14. Not a bad accomplishment — but factoring in the first half, dominated by the AFC taking a 24-14 lead, it wasn’t enough. After the final seconds ticked down, the AFC was victorious by a score of 38-33.
Lamar Jackson was named Pro Bowl Offensive MVP.
In his first Pro Bowl, Jackson was 16-of-23 for 185 yards passing. He threw two TDs and one INT for 104.4 passer rating.
Jackson had already made history, becoming the youngest QB to start a Pro Bowl.
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) January 26, 2020
Bleacher Report’s recap of the game notes that the AFC has now won the last 4 Pro Bowls. Lamar Jackson and Calais Campbell were honored as the game’s offensive and defensive MVPs, respectively.
Here is the video of #Jaguars DE Calais Campbell recording a sack fumble which ultimately put the game away today for the AFC pic.twitter.com/yv6yyoOT9n
— Demetrius Harvey (@Demetrius82) January 26, 2020
Jackson was 16 for 23 for the game, passing for 185 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Campbell, meanwhile, chalked up a tackle, a sack and a forced fumble over the course of the game.
The game itself was overshadowed by news of Kobe Bryant’s death, with players on the sidelines seeking information as the news emerged, and a tribute to Bryant being held in the stadium during a time out.
Fans at the Pro Bowl broke out in "Kobe" chants when he was honored during a timeout. pic.twitter.com/VAQHYzQ28m
— ESPN (@espn) January 26, 2020
There were several tributes to Bryant on the field as well.
#Packers Za’Darius Smith gets a sack in today’s Pro Bowl and rounds up some NFC teammates for a celebration to honor Kobe Bryant pic.twitter.com/rQiA7sgodr
— Matt Schneidman (@mattschneidman) January 26, 2020
After the game, several players spoke about the impact that Bryant had had on their lives — a bittersweet moment at the end of an emotionally taxing day.
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