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The Pro Bowl is all about offense.
Thus, the Ravens’ three defensive representatives and one kicker didn’t have much of an impact in the NFC’s 55-41 rout of the AFC in Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The NFC tied the single-team Pro Bowl scoring record of 55 points in a game, set in 2004. They led 42-0 in the second quarter.
Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was featured mainly as the mic’d voice of the AFC defense. Pass-rusher Terrell Suggs couldn’t blitz, according to the game’s restricted rules, and wasn’t around the ball much.
Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata finished with four tackles, but hardly rushed the passer and gently wrapped up opposing ball-carriers before placing them on the ground.
In his first Pro Bowl, kicker Billy Cundiff should have added another touchback to his record-setting season, but Chicago Bears returner Devin Hester brought the opening kickoff out of the end zone from about eight yards deep.
Otherwise, Sunday’s game was a snoozer for Ravens fans.
AFC quarterbacks Philip Rivers, Peyton Manning and Matt Cassel each threw first-half interceptions. Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, the game’s MVP, had one of his team’s five interceptions and returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown.
The most interesting play came from Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack, who scored the game’s final touchdown on a 67-yard pass that featured two laterals with 16 seconds left.
Still, the Ravens’ representatives – which were without safety Ed Reed as he’s with his family in Louisiana – were seen laughing with their AFC and NFC peers during and between plays.
Lewis was asked before the game what an 11th Pro Bowl appearance meant to him.
“Every one of them is different,” he said. “Every one of them is special.”