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2012 Pro Bowl

2012 NFL Pro Bowl
2012 Pro Bowl logo.jpg
1234 Total
NFC 141476 41
AFC 14141021 59
DateJanuary 29, 2012
StadiumAloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
MVPBrandon Marshall (Miami Dolphins)
RefereeWalt Coleman
Attendance48,423
Ceremonies
National anthemTSgt Richard Vazquez, USAF
Coin tossMG Rodger Mathews, U.S. Army; LtGen Thomas L. Conant, U.S. Marines & Maj Gen Darryll Wong, USAF
Halftime show"NFL Salute to Service" (tribute to U.S. Armed Forces)
TV in the United States
NetworkNBC
AnnouncersDan Hicks, Mike Mayock, Doug Flutie, Alex Flanagan and Randy Moss
Nielsen ratings7.9 (nationally)

The 2012 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2011 season. It took place at 2:00 pm local time on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC defeated the NFC, 59-41.[1][2]

The 59 points scored by the AFC team were a Pro Bowl record, and the combined 100 total points was second in the series' history to only the 2004 Pro Bowl.[2]Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall was named the game's Most Valuable Player after catching four touchdown passes, breaking the record for touchdown receptions in a Pro Bowl which was set by Jimmy Smith in 2004.[2]

The AFC team was coached by Gary Kubiak of the Houston Texans while Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy led the NFC all-stars.[3] The referee for the game was Walt Coleman.[4]

Scoring summary

Scoring Play[4] Score
1st quarter
NFC - Larry Fitzgerald 10 yd. pass from Aaron Rodgers (David Akers kick) NFC 7-0
NFC - Larry Fitzgerald 44 yd. pass from Aaron Rodgers (David Akers kick) NFC 14-0
AFC - A. J. Green 34 yd. pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Sebastian Janikowski kick) NFC 14-7
AFC - Brandon Marshall 74 yd. pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Sebastian Janikowski kick) Tied 14-14
2nd quarter
NFC - Jimmy Graham 2 yd. pass from Drew Brees (David Akers kick) NFC 21-14
AFC - Brandon Marshall 29 yd. pass from Philip Rivers (Sebastian Janikowski kick) Tied 21-21
NFC - Greg Jennings 11 yd. pass from Drew Brees (David Akers kick) NFC 28-21
AFC - Antonio Gates 27 yd. pass from Philip Rivers (Sebastian Janikowski kick) Tied 28-28
3rd quarter
AFC - Sebastian Janikowski 37 yd. Field Goal AFC 31-28
NFC - Steve Smith 55 yd. pass from Cam Newton (David Akers kick) NFC 35-31
AFC - Brandon Marshall 47 yd. pass from Andy Dalton (Sebastian Janikowski kick) AFC 38-35
4th quarter
AFC - Vonta Leach 1 yd. run (Sebastian Janikowski kick) AFC 45-35
AFC - Brandon Marshall 3 yd. pass from Andy Dalton (Sebastian Janikowski kick) AFC 52-35
AFC - Derrick Johnson 60 yd. Interception Return (Sebastian Janikowski kick) AFC 59-35
NFC - Larry Fitzgerald 36 yd. pass from Cam Newton (kick short)[5] AFC 59-41

AFC roster

The following players were selected to represent the AFC:[4][6]

Offense

Defense

Special teams

NFC roster

The following players were selected to represent the NFC:[4][6]

Offense

Defense

Special teams

Notes:

bold player who participated in game
a Replacement selection due to injury or vacancy
b Injured player; selected but will not play
c Replacement starter; selected as reserve
d "Need player"; named by coach
e Selected but did not play because his team advanced to Super Bowl XLVI

Number of selections per team

Broadcasting

The game was televised nationally by NBC. The telecast of the game garnered a Nielsen rating of 7.9 nationally.[7] While this represented an eight percent drop over the 2011 Pro Bowl ratings,[7] the game was still the second most watched Pro Bowl of the past twelve years.[8] The game drew more viewers than the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.[8] NBC also broadcast the 2013 game as Super Bowl broadcaster CBS had declined to carry it.

Social media

The NFL loosened its rules which forbid players from communicating via social media during games, by setting up a computer on each sideline to allow players to use Twitter.[9]Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher used the occasion to propose a contest among his Twitter followers to predict the game's final score and MVP. However, the NFL had him rescind the offer and he instead gave away a signed jersey instead of cash, presumably on anti-gambling grounds.[10]

Entertainment

The pop band Hot Chelle Rae played during the pregame ceremonies for the game.[11]United States Air Force Technical Sergeant Richard Vazquez sang the national anthem before the kickoff.[12] Several representatives of the U.S. Armed Forces participated in the coin toss ceremony: Major General Rodger Mathews, U.S. Army Pacific deputy commander; Lieutenant General Thomas L. Conant, U.S. Marine Corps Pacific command deputy commander and USAF Major General Darryll Wong, adjutant general of the Hawaii Air National Guard.[13] The halftime show, "NFL Salute to Service," was a tribute to the United States Armed Forces featuring the U.S. Army Silent Drill Team along with over a thousand service members stationed at bases in Hawaii.[14]

Reactions

Simon Samano of NFL.com wrote about the game, "Players love the trip to Hawaii but don't care for the game itself. They have no desire to risk injury in a 'meaningless' game, which is why they don't play hard, which is how you end up with 59-41 as the final score. It's that lack of effort that caused fans to boo during portions of this year's game."[15] Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers stated on his radio show, "I was just surprised that some of the guys either didn't want to play or when they were in there didn't put any effort into it."[16] The Pro Bowl has different rules than a regular season NFL game. Blitzing is not allowed and the 4-3 formation must always be used in defensive formations.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking a week after the game, stated that the 2012 Pro Bowl wasn't "the kind of football we want to be demonstrating to our fans, and you heard it from the fans, the fans were actively booing in the stands. ... We are going to either have to improve the quality of what we are doing in the Pro Bowl or consider other changes, or even consider eliminating the game if that is the kind of quality of game we are going to provide."[17]

Philip Rivers also questioned some of the players efforts in the Pro Bowl game. Rivers discussed with Bill Williamson during an interview "In general, maybe the whole week should be up for discussion, but I know there are guys in the game whose contracts may be up and they don't want to get hurt and things like that. Still, we have to think of the fans and try to stay true to the game and not make a joke or a mockery out of the game."[18]

References

  1. ^ "Brandon Marshall catches Pro Bowl-record 4 TDs in AFC's win". ESPN. AP. January 29, 2012. Archived from the original on February 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Marshall's four TD catches lifts AFC in Pro Bowl". USA Today. AP. January 30, 2012. Archived from the original on February 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Despite defections, plenty of talent still on hand for Pro Bowl". Fox News. January 27, 2012. Archived from the original on February 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ a b c d "2012 Pro Bowl game book" (PDF). NFL Game Statistics & Information. National Football League. Archived (PDF) from the original on February 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ Conversion attempt was a drop kick by Drew Brees.
  6. ^ a b "2012 Pro Bowl rosters". National Football League. January 26, 2012. Archived from the original on February 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ a b Karp, Austin (January 30, 2012). "Overnight Ratings: NFL Pro Bowl On NBC Gets 7.9, Down 8% From '11". Street & Smith's SportsBusiness Journal. Archived from the original on February 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ a b Lewis, Fred (January 30, 2012). "Pro Bowl grabs 12.5 million viewers in second-best showing". Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Archived from the original on February 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ "NFL to allow Twitter during Pro Bowl". ESPN. Associated Press. January 25, 2012. Archived from the original on February 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ Ford, Rebecca (January 30, 2012). "Pro Bowl 2012: Did the Twitter Experiment Work?". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ "NFL Pro Bowl Calendar". ESPN 1420. Archived from the original on February 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ "Midland Native Performs National Anthem at NFL Pro Bowl". NewsWest9. Archived from the original on February 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  13. ^ "NFL pays tribute to U.S. military during 2012 Pro Bowl". MyFox Orlando. Archived from the original on February 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ "2012 NFL Pro Bowl activities & game day parking". Hawaii News Now. Archived from the original on February 1, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  15. ^ Samano, Simon (January 31, 2012). "Rodgers: Pro Bowl 'mates 'embarrassed themselves'". NFL. Retrieved 2012.
  16. ^ Copeland, Kareem (January 31, 2012). "Rodgers 'disappointed' in how some Pro Bowl teammates played". Green Bay Press-Gazette. Retrieved 2012.
  17. ^ "NFL commissioner disappointed with Pro Bowl". San Francisco Chronicle. Associated Press. February 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  18. ^ Williamson, Bill. "Rivers discusses Pro Bowl-effort stir". ESPN. Retrieved 2012.

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