The Cleveland Browns only had one representative at the 2017 Pro Bowl despite so many players not being able to show up due to injuries or other commitments. Therefore, all we really need to ask after the game is, “did LT Joe Thomas escape unscathed?”
AFC - 20
NFC - 13
LT Joe Thomas - As a team captain and with this being his tenth year in the Pro Bowl, I thought that head coach Andy Reid might try to fit an offensive skill play in for the big left tackle, who was wearing neon cleats like the wide receivers were.
It was a rather low-scoring game for a Pro Bowl, but Thomas came out with the winner’s share of bonus money ($61,000 as opposed to just $30,000) and had some humor about it:
What a great pro bowl!! AFC wins and I double my yearly win total all in the same night!— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) January 30, 2017
The AFC only had 241 yards of offense, and the NFC had 353 yards of offense. The NFC kicked two field goals in the fourth quarter to make it a one-score game, and after Philip Rivers of the AFC was sacked on three straight plays, the NFC had a crack to tie it in the two-minute drill. Kirk Cousins got into scoring range for the NFC, but his pass for TE Jimmy Graham was picked off.
Graham deserves the dunce cap for that pick, and Cousins deserves credit for hustling to get the strip, even though his team couldn’t recover the ball.
During the season, Thomas had made a comment about Raiders punter Marquette King’s celebratory tactics. There didn’t seem to be any ill-will between the two in this video, though:
Best of all, the Pro Bowlers all got a nice meal after the game: