December 17, 2014

Packers coaching staff leads NFC to a record performance

Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy and the rest of his staff were part of Pro Bowl history Sunday.  They led the NFC to a record 62-points as they picked up a 62-35 win over the AFC in Honolulu.

Two Packer players represented the team; C Jeff Saturday and G Josh Sitton.  Sitton got the nod thanks to the San Francisco 49ers making it to the Super Bowl as he replaced Mike Iupati.  It was Sitton’s first Pro Bowl appearance.  QB Aaron Rodgers and LB Clay Matthews were each named to the game but did not play due to injury.

Saturday was involved in one of the more memorable moments of the game.  For one play, he went on the field with the AFC offense to snap the ball to longtime Colt’s teammate Peyton Manning.  The two played together for 13-seasons in Indianapolis.  Saturday announced earlier in the week that he would be retiring after the game, his 6th Pro Bowl in 14 NFL Seasons.

A couple of former Wisconsin Badgers made their marks as well. Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson was 8 of 10 through the air for 98-yards and 3-scores.  Houston Texans DE J.J Watt was on the field in a goal line situation as a WR for the AFC offense.  He could not come up with the reception on a pass from Manning.  However, he did cut his finger open splattering blood on his jersey and face which went very well with his plea to commissioner Rodger Godell to keep the game going during an on field interview.  It was reported last week that Godell would determine the future of the game with Sunday’s performance factoring into the decision.

Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph was named the games MVP as he caught 5-passes for 122-yards with a touchdown.