Photos from the 2016 NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers received news early last week of the inclusion of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston to the Pro Bowl roster, bringing the team's 2016 All-Star total to five and further illustrating the bright future of the franchise.
In the new Pro Bowl format, the five Buccaneers were split into two different teams "fantasy football"-style rather than the traditional NFC vs. AFC. Jameis Winston joined first-time Pro Bowler linebacker Lavonte David on Team Irvin, captained by Michael Irvin. Running back Doug Martin, guard Logan Mankins and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, each with at least one Pro Bowl under their belt, were picked by Jerry Rice to join Team Rice.
After a week of practice on the field and adventures off the field (all of which you can see in our Videos section), the teams finally filled in Aloha Stadium to kick off the big game. It didn't take long to see that the game would be decided in the air as both teams struck early and often in the passing game.
From the opening possession to the game's final whistle, the teams combined for 11 touchdowns, 10 of them in the passing game, along with 960 total yards, 802 of them through the air. In the end, Team Irvin came out on top, by the score of 49 to 27.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers Stats:
Doug Martin led Team Rice with 20 rushing yards, he added 20 receiving yards on 5 catches. In the second quarter, Martin jumped on a loose ball following an interception and a defensive fumble on the same play, keeping his team's offense on the field on a drive that ultimately resulted in a touchdown. He also scored the first points of the second half on a three-yard TD run, the only rushing touchdown of the game.
Gerald McCoy played in his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl and again made his presence felt in the All-Star game. He ended the day with two tackles. Guard Logan Mankins played in his seventh Pro Bowl. He and the offensive line kept their QBs clean, with only one team sack allowed.
Jameis Winston made his first appearance with three minutes to go in the third quarter. Winston's first completion was a 53-yard touchdown, the longest score of the night. In the fourth quarter he hooked up with Houston WR DeAndre Hopkins for a seven-yard score. By the final whistle, Jameis Winston had six completions for 113 passing yards and two scores.
Lavonte David, the NFL's third-leading tackler in the season, kept the numbers coming in his first long-awaited Pro Bowl appearance. He ended the night with five tackles, the second most on Team Irvin.
2016 Pro Bowl Scoring Summary:
Eli Manning pass to Travis Kelce – 4-yard touchdown
Russell Wilson pass to Julio Jones – 14-yard touchdown
Russell Wilson pass to Devonta Freeman – 6-yard touchdown
Russell Wilson pass to Todd Gurley – 10-yard touchdown
Derek Carr pass to Travis Kelce – 10-yard touchdown
Teddy Bridgewater pass to Darren Sproles – 2-yard touchdown
Doug Martin 3-yard touchdown run
Teddy Bridgewater pass to Allen Robinson – 50-yard touchdown
Jameis Winston pass to Delanie Walker – 53-yard touchdown
Jameis Winston pass to DeAndre Hopkins – 7-yard touchdown
Tyrod Taylor pass to Jarvis Landry – 31-yard touchdown