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Reviewing the Browns' Pro Bowl Performances as Team Irvin Wins 49-27 Over Team Rice

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns' representatives at the 2016 Pro Bowl escaped the game healthy and showed up on the stat sheet a couple of times, which is all you can really ask for out of the game.

Final Score

Team Irvin - 49
Team Rice - 27

Browns Performances

  • TE Gary Barnidge (Team Rice) - On the first play of the game, QB Eli Manning connected with Barnidge for a 28 yard gain, a drive that eventually led to a 4-yard touchdown pass from Manning to TE Travis Kelce. Unfortunately, that was Barnidge's only target of the game. Kelce was targeted 9 times, finishing with 5 catches for 91 yards and 2 touchdowns. On the other team, TE Delanie Walker had 3 catches for 80 yards and 1 touchdown. At least Barnidge didn't end up like TE Tyler Eifert, who had to leave the game in a walking boot! For being on the losing team, Barnidge still took home $29,000.

  • LT Joe Thomas (Team Rice) - If he can't register offensive stats, then he'll find a way to get on the defensive stat sheet. Last year, he tackled DL J.J. Watt after an interception, and this year he one-upped himself by registering two tackles off of interceptions. The first interception came in the first quarter, when Manning was intercepted by LB Sean Lee. Lee then lateraled to CB Adam Jones, who Thomas tackled. Near the end of the second quarter, QB Derek Carr was picked off by DL Jurrell Casey, and Thomas tripped him up before he could go the distance. For being on the losing team, Thomas still took home $29,000.
  • C Alex Mack (Team Irvin) - Could this have been a sign of things to come? By that, I mean Mack being on a sideline opposite of his Browns teammates, and feeling like that was the difference in him tasting victory? For being on the winning team, Mack took home $58,000.

Other Notes

  • The Pro Bowl MVPs were QB Russell Wilson and DE Michael Bennett, both of the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson threw for three touchdown passes, while Bennett had the game's only sack, and also had an offensive carry for a gain of 7 yards.