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Move to Orlando seems to have bailed out annual Pro Bowl

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Did the move to Orlando save the NFL Pro Bowl?

Maybe.

The Pro Bowl was more competitive than in most seasons, and it was played in a sold-out stadium. The AFC won 20-13 after an interception by Washington’s Kirk Cousins late in the game.

Tampa Bay Bucs’ defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had four tackles, two of them solo, and one of the NFC’s seven sacks. Everson Griffen had three sacks, and former Buc Michael Bennett had two.

But the NFC could score only one touchdown on the night. Perhaps that is because none of the three quarterbacks could complete a pass to Tampa Bay star Mike Evans.

The AFC scored twice in the first half on touchdown passes from Alex Smith and Andy Dalton. Drew Brees hit Doug Baldwin for the NFC’s only score.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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