AFC Defeats NFC 38-33 in 2020 Pro Bowl

MVP honors for Lamar Jackson and Calais Campbell

NFL Pro Bowl
Lamar Jackson of the Baltimore Ravens looks to pass in the first half of the 2020 NFL Pro Bowl.
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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.

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.

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.

There were several tributes to Bryant on the field as well.

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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