Well, unlike last year, the players who opted to participate in the 2013 NFL Pro Bowl played reasonably hard... or, as hard as can be expected given that it is a meaningless exhibition game.
The NFC defeated the AFC 62-35, but no one seemed to care. Highlights of the game were J.J. Watt's bloody finger, Kyle Rudolph showing off his pass catching skills, and Jeff Saturday getting a chance to enter the game for the AFC (he was selected to the Pro Bowl to represent the NFC) so he could snap the football to quarterback Peyton Manning one final time. Saturday announced he will retire when the 2012 season officially concludes.
The 2012 Indianapolis Colts sent three players to Hawaii: Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne, and Robert Mathis. All conducted themselves well and represented their franchise admirably on the field.
Luck went 12-19 for 205 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, and one fumble. The fumble came on Luck's first play from scrimmage.
Wayne caught two passes for 12 yards. Both were thrown by his old pitch-and-catch buddy, Peyton.
Mathis had 5 combined tackles and a sack. Considering the defense played at 60% speed all game, that's not to shabby.
All in all, it was a moderately fun game that didn't seem to get anyone hurt. The players should have convinced the commissioner to retain the Pro Bowl going forward, and we Colts fans got to see Peyton and Andrew on the same sideline together. Not bad. Not bad at all.