Seahawks Shine as NFC Dominates Pro Bowl


January 27, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; NFC quarterback Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks (3) runs past a tackle attempt by AFC defensive tackle Geno Atkins of the Cincinnati Bengals (97) in the third quarter during the 2013 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. The NFC defeated the AFC 62-35. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson competed eight of ten passes for 98 yards, and threw for three touchdowns.  Marshawn Lynch scored a touchdown and led all rushers with a modest 21-yards.  Leon Washington added a 92-yard kickoff return to set up a score. Earl Thomas also contributed with an interception. Max Unger and Russell Okung provided solid protection. In the end, the NFC put up a record number of points in the 62-35 victory.

In fact, the NFC dominated in all three phases of the game, offense, defense and special teams.  They scored six passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and two field goals.

Jan 26, 2013, Honolulu, HI, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) flips on his head as Houston Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph (24) watches in the 2013 Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In the face of criticism, the players seemed to play with an appropriate mix of caution and competition.  The game also included some fun all-star moments. Russell Wilson connected with Larry Fitzgerald for a touchdown pass.  Earlier in the game, JJ Watt lined up as a receiver but failed to catch either of his two targets.

While the stakes were still lower than some fantasy football games, it was fun to watch.  The broadcast included scenic shots from Hawaii and several on-field interviews. It was also a chance to see some of this year’s players get a bit of recognition for their hard work.