LAS VEGAS — The revamped Pro Bowl Games get underway at 3 p.m. ET at Allegiant Stadium on ABC/ESPN/ESPN+, as some of the NFL’s brightest stars square off in a series of competitive skills challenges and three flag football games that will cap the week’s events.
On tap for Sunday is a continuation of the skills portion that began Thursday. Still to come is the completion of the best-catch competition, the gridiron gauntlet, kick tac toe and a move the chains event that is a test of strength.
The AFC won three of Thursday’s four events, so it will enter Sunday with a 9-3 lead (skills competitions are worth three points each). The combined scores will roll over into the flag-football portion to raise the stakes in the games, which players expect to be rather competitive given the reduced risk of injury.
“I think guys are gonna get after it,” Denver Broncos cornerback Pat Surtain II said. “I think it’s gonna be a level up competition-wise. It’s the best of the best.”
A ROUGHNESS PENALTY? The first half of the first flag-football game in Pro Bowl history is in the books, and the most memorable play so far is an … unnecessary roughness penalty?
It’s true. Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey slammed into Miami Dolphins receiver Tyreek Hill, knocking Hill forcefully out of bounds as he crossed the goal line for an AFC touchdown. The play touched off some playful pushing and shoving among the teams.
The AFC and NFC are tied 20-20 in this first of three flag games. Ravens tight end Mark Andrews has caught two touchdowns from his Baltimore teammate, Tyler Huntley.