The NFC defeated the AFC 62-35 in Sunday's Pro Bowl in Hawaii. Nine Texans made the trip and played for the AFC in the losing effort and maybe the biggest splash any of them made Sunday was J.J. Watt during an interview with Michele Tafoya early in the first quarter.
Watt finished the game with five tackles, a sack and two tackles for loss. Watt also lined up as a receiver on the AFC's first drive of the game for a play. Payton Manning's pass went off Watt's hands as he was closely guarded by Chicago's Charles Tillman in the end zone and the AFC scored on the very next play. As for his hand, Watt said after the game that he was going to get some stitches on his left hand and that it was just a cut.
"A really really bloody cut," Watt said.
With Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, Arian Foster and Owen Daniels all logging minutes for the AFC's offense, Schaub's four-yard touchdown pass to Joshua Cribbs were the only points put on the board by a Texan. The Pro Bowl isn't exactly built for running and Foster finished with just three carries for negative two yards. On five targets Andre Johnson finished with three catches for 43 yards. Owen Daniels finished with the third highest targets in the game for the AFC with seven, and finished with four catches for 45 yards.
Schaub thew more passes than either of the AFC's other two quarterbacks, Payton Manning and Andrew Luck. Luck replaced Tom Brady, who was one of the five Patriots players who opted to not participate in the game out of the seven that were invited. Schaub's final line was 12-for 22-for 113 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. The AFC turned the ball over five times.
Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph was voted the game's MVP with 122 yards and a touchdown.