Few moved very fast, no one flattened a quarterback, and there were no bone-jarring hits in the gentle, friendly version of football played at the
Even in a game dominated by offense,
Team Irvin defeated 32-28 Watt's Team Carter, but the score is never important in the
Other memorable moments came from
Graham's second touchdown, on a one-yard, fourth-down pass from
Greg Olsen and
The Pro Bowl took a one-year hiatus from Hawaii so it could be played in the desert at the Super Bowl site. A sellout crowd of 63,225 watched at University of Phoenix Stadium as the teams moved up and down the field, often without much resistance.
If the players missed the beach, they wouldn't let on.
"It's been fantastic," Dallas quarterback
Romo knew this wasn't a real NFL game.
"It's a blast," Stafford said. "To able to play with the best in the world is a whole lot of fun, and everybody is such good people, too. I am out here having a good time."
The NFL scrapped the AFC vs.
There were teammates playing against teammates.
When Green Bay's
Beckham dived to the ground and gathered in Stafford's long pass just as the ball was about to hit the ground. When Graham caught a six-yard touchdown pass from Stafford, he soared to dunk the ball over the crossbar. The New Orleans tight end had been penalized twice and fined $30,000 in a preseason game for two dunks. There was no penalty on Sunday.
"I really wanted to catch one here because this is, I guess, the only place I can dunk without a flag," Graham said. "But you know, the league called down and told me not to hang on it, so I didn't."
The goal posts were narrowed to from 18.6 feet to 14 feet on all kicks, not just extra points as had been previously announced. The extra points also were moved back to make for 33-yard kicks.
The skinny posts claimed an unlikely victim when
Another rule was no blitzing. Denver's
"It's very special, the chemistry that we have," Hilton said.