Some of the NFL’s brightest stars will take to the field for the final time this season on Sunday, with the cream of the crop in the AFC and NFC colliding in the Pro Bowl.
The annual—and much-maligned—NFL all-star game may lack the pizzazz and importance of its NBA counterpart, but it remains an event filled with talent.
As has become almost tradition, the original 44-man rosters selected last month will look different on Sunday, with a host of players pulling out due to injuries.
Additionally, neither the Kansas City Chiefs nor the San Francisco 49ers will have any representatives in Orlando, Florida, as they have wrapped up their players in cotton wool ahead of Super Bowl LIV next week.
While Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, George Kittle and Roger Sherman won’t be on the field, there will be plenty of talent on display.
Runaway MVP favorite Lamar Jackson makes his Pro Bowl debut, part of a 12-man Baltimore Ravens contingent that is led by coach John Harbaugh, who is in charge of the AFC team.
The NFC is led by Seattle Seahawks’ Pete Carroll, who will find a familiar face at quarterback in the shape of Russell Wilson. Here’s all you need to know ahead of Sunday.
When and where is the game?
The 2020 Pro Bowl will be held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, January 26, with kick-off is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.
It marks the fourth consecutive season the Pro Bowl has been held in Orlando.
The game will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and simulcast on ABC and Disney XD
A live stream available via Watch ESPN and via ESPN’s digital platforms.
Since the NFL reintroduced the conference format in 2017, the AFC has won each of the last three Pro Bowls and leads the all-time series 24-22.
Which players are taking part?
Both teams are made up of 44 players each, comprising 21 offensive and 18 defensive players and five specialists as voted by fans, players and coaches.
Of the players selected, the 10 who play for the San Francisco 49ers—Nick Bosa, George Kittle, Richard Sherman and Kyle Juszczyk—and the Kansas City Chiefs—Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce, Mecole Hardman, Chris Jones and Frank Clark—won’t take part in the Pro Bowl due to their involvement in Super Bowl LIV next week.
Baltimore Ravens quarterback and runaway MVP favorite Lamar Jackson will be the starting signal-caller for the AFC, while his Seattle Seahawks counterpart Russell Wilson will fulfill the role for the NFC.
Jackson led the voting from fans and for the AFC in what will be his first Pro Bowl appearance.
His selection ended Baltimore’s 23-year wait for a Pro Bowl quarterback and the second-year signal-caller is joined by 11 teammates, matching the record set by the Miami Dolphins in 1973 and finishing one short of the 13 players sent to the Pro Bowl by the Dallas Cowboys in 2007.
Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb, Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen and outside linebackers Von Miller and T.J. Watt are all among the starters, as are New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore and Pittsburgh Steelers interior lineman Cameron Heyward and his teammate Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook will start for the NFC, along with New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas.
On the defensive side of the ball, Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones is among the starters as are New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan and cornerback Marshon Lattimore.
The AFC is coached by Ravens’ head coach John Harbaugh, while Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is in charge of the NFC.
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