Check out the top images of Redskins running back Alfred Morris and the rest of the 2015 Pro Bowlers Jan. 26, 2015, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Trailing by four points and on a potential game-winning drive, Team Carter called Alfred Morris' number often Sunday evening at the 2015 Pro Bowl.
But after getting as close as 19 yards away from a go-ahead score, a high screen pass from Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to the Washington Redskins' running back on third down fell to the turf, and Dalton's fourth-down heave fell incomplete as well, as Team Irvin escaped with a 32-28 victory over Morris and Team Carter at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
Morris, playing in his second-straight Pro Bowl, finished the evening with five rushes for 29 yards (5.8 yards per carry), as well as four receptions for 29 yards (7.3 yards per catch), including 16 yards rushing and nine yards receiving on that final Team Carter drive.
Redskins left tackle Trent Williams – who was selected to his third-straight Pro Bowl – also made the trip to Arizona and was selected to play for Team Irvin, but a high ankle sprain suffered towards the end of the 2014 regular season kept him out of Sunday night's game.
Here's four takeaways from the 2015 Pro Bowl from Around The NFL Writer Conor Orr:
- Adam Vinatieri was one of the more outspoken critics of the narrow field goal post experiment heading into Sunday's game and for good reason. The 42-year-old legend botched TWO extra point attempts and a 38-yard field goal, which instantly made the potential rule change more interesting. The NFL uses the Pro Bowl as a forum to experiment with different alterations and if a goal post that is markedly different can alter the degree of difficulty by a few percentage points, why not take a closer look at it?
Take a look back at photos from Trent Williams & Alfred Morris' previous Pro Bowl appearances.
- One of our not-so-bold pregame predictions included another feat of strength performed by uber-rookie Odell Beckham, Jr. He did not disappoint. Early in the second quarter, the Giants wideout hauled in a 48-yard pass from Matthew Stafford. The most interesting part of the connection? Sources told Around The NFL and NFL.com back in September that the Giants were worried about Detroit taking Beckham at pick No. 10 to pair with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. Could you imagine?
- We also expected some brilliance from J.J. Watt and the MVP candidate did not go without making his mark on the Pro Bowl. The Texans' defensive end picked off a pass that saved a touchdown just before the half. He added a fumble recovery and three passes defensed. We think Team Carter missed a brilliant opportunity to play him at free safety.
- Matthew Stafford is so fun to watch in environments like these. The cannon-armed quarterback was not worried as much about tight man coverage or zone blitzes Sunday and had the chance to roll out and unleash a few fastballs. Never mind the floater to Beckham, his laser to Emmanuel Sanders in the first quarter between two defenders was also something to remember.