2012 Pro Bowl

The 2012 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2011 season. It took place at 2:00 pm local time on Sunday, January 29, 2012 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The AFC defeated the NFC, 59–41.[1][2]

The 59 points scored by the AFC team were a Pro Bowl record, and the combined 100 total points was second in the series' history to only the 2004 Pro Bowl.[2] Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall was named the game's Most Valuable Player after catching four touchdown passes, breaking the record for touchdown receptions in a Pro Bowl which was set by Jimmy Smith in 2004.[2]

The AFC team was coached by Gary Kubiak of the Houston Texans while Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy led the NFC all-stars.[3] The referee for the game was Walt Coleman.[4]

2012 NFL Pro Bowl
2012 Pro Bowl logo
NFC AFC
41 59
Head coach:
Mike McCarthy
(Green Bay Packers)
Head coach:
Gary Kubiak
(Houston Texans)
1234 Total
NFC 141476 41
AFC 14141021 59
DateJanuary 29, 2012
StadiumAloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
MVPBrandon Marshall (Miami Dolphins)
RefereeWalt Coleman
Attendance48,423
Ceremonies
National anthemTSgt Richard Vazquez, USAF
Coin tossMG Rodger Mathews, U.S. Army; LtGen Thomas L. Conant, U.S. Marines & Maj Gen Darryll Wong, USAF
Halftime show"NFL Salute to Service" (tribute to U.S. Armed Forces)
TV in the United States
NetworkNBC
AnnouncersDan Hicks, Mike Mayock, Doug Flutie, Alex Flanagan and Randy Moss
Nielsen ratings7.9 (nationally)

Scoring summary

Scoring Play[4] Score
1st quarter
NFC – Larry Fitzgerald 10 yd. pass from Aaron Rodgers (David Akers kick) NFC 7–0
NFC – Larry Fitzgerald 44 yd. pass from Aaron Rodgers (David Akers kick) NFC 14–0
AFC – A. J. Green 34 yd. pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Sebastian Janikowski kick) NFC 14–7
AFC – Brandon Marshall 74 yd. pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Sebastian Janikowski kick) Tied 14–14
2nd quarter
NFC – Jimmy Graham 2 yd. pass from Drew Brees (David Akers kick) NFC 21–14
AFC – Brandon Marshall 29 yd. pass from Philip Rivers (Sebastian Janikowski kick) Tied 21–21
NFC – Greg Jennings 11 yd. pass from Drew Brees (David Akers kick) NFC 28–21
AFC – Antonio Gates 27 yd. pass from Philip Rivers (Sebastian Janikowski kick) Tied 28–28
3rd quarter
AFC – Sebastian Janikowski 37 yd. Field Goal AFC 31–28
NFC – Steve Smith 55 yd. pass from Cam Newton (David Akers kick) NFC 35–31
AFC – Brandon Marshall 47 yd. pass from Andy Dalton (Sebastian Janikowski kick) AFC 38–35
4th quarter
AFC – Vonta Leach 1 yd. run (Sebastian Janikowski kick) AFC 45–35
AFC – Brandon Marshall 3 yd. pass from Andy Dalton (Sebastian Janikowski kick) AFC 52–35
AFC – Derrick Johnson 60 yd. Interception Return (Sebastian Janikowski kick) AFC 59–35
NFC – Larry Fitzgerald 36 yd. pass from Cam Newton (kick short)[5] AFC 59–41

AFC roster

The following players were selected to represent the AFC:[4][6]

Offense

Position Starter(s) Reserve(s) Alternate(s)
Quarterback 12 Tom Brady, New England[e]   7 Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh
17 Philip Rivers, San Diego
14 Andy Dalton, Cincinnati[a]
Running back 27 Ray Rice, Baltimore[b] 32 Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville
23 Arian Foster, Houston[b]
23 Willis McGahee, Denver[a]
24 Ryan Mathews, San Diego[a]
Fullback 44 Vonta Leach, Baltimore
Wide receiver 83 Wes Welker, New England[e]
17 Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh
18 A. J. Green, Cincinnati
19 Brandon Marshall, Miami
83 Vincent Jackson, San Diego[a], 85
Tight end 87 Rob Gronkowski, New England[e] 85 Antonio Gates, San Diego 84 Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati[a]
Offensive tackle 73 Joe Thomas, Cleveland
77 Jake Long, Miami[b]
60 D'Brickashaw Ferguson, N.Y. Jets 78 Ryan Clady, Denver[a]
Offensive guard 70 Logan Mankins, New England[e]
54 Brian Waters, New England[e]
73 Marshal Yanda, Baltimore 65 Brandon Moore, N.Y. Jets[a]
66 Ben Grubbs, Baltimore[a]
Center 53 Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh[b] 74 Nick Mangold, N.Y. Jets 55 Chris Myers, Houston[a]

Defense

Position Starter(s) Reserve(s) Alternate(s)
Defensive end 93 Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis
93 Andre Carter, New England[b][e]
58 Elvis Dumervil, Denver[c] 94 Antonio Smith, Houston[a]
Defensive tackle 92 Haloti Ngata, Baltimore[b]
75 Vince Wilfork, New England[e]
92 Richard Seymour, Oakland 97 Geno Atkins, Cincinnati[a]
96 Paul Soliai, Miami[a]
Outside linebacker 55 Terrell Suggs, Baltimore[b]
58 Von Miller, Denver
91 Tamba Hali, Kansas City 92 James Harrison, Pittsburgh[a]
Inside linebacker 52 Ray Lewis, Baltimore 56 Derrick Johnson, Kansas City
Cornerback 24 Darrelle Revis, N.Y. Jets
24 Champ Bailey, Denver
24 Johnathan Joseph, Houston
Free safety 20 Ed Reed, Baltimore[b] 32 Eric Weddle, San Diego 25 Ryan Clark, Pittsburgh[a]
Strong safety 43 Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh[b] 20 Brian Dawkins, Denver[a]

Special teams

Position Starter(s) Reserve(s) Alternate(s)
Punter   9 Shane Lechler, Oakland
Placekicker 11 Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland
Kick returner 84 Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh
Special teamer 18 Matthew Slater, New England[e] 24 Montell Owens, Jacksonville[a]
Long snapper 59 Jon Condo, Oakland[d]

NFC roster

The following players were selected to represent the NFC:[4][6]

Offense

Position Starter(s) Reserve(s) Alternate(s)
Quarterback 12 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay   9 Drew Brees, New Orleans
10 Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants [e]
1 Cam Newton, Carolina[a]
Running back 25 LeSean McCoy, Philadelphia 22 Matt Forte, Chicago
21 Frank Gore, San Francisco[b]
24 Marshawn Lynch, Seattle[a]
Fullback 30 John Kuhn, Green Bay[b] 26 Michael Robinson, Seattle[a]
Wide receiver 81 Calvin Johnson, Detroit[b]
11 Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona
89 Steve Smith, Carolina
85 Greg Jennings, Green Bay
84 Roddy White, Atlanta[a]
Tight end 80 Jimmy Graham, New Orleans 88 Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta
Offensive tackle 71 Jason Peters, Philadelphia
74 Joe Staley, San Francisco
74 Jermon Bushrod, New Orleans
Offensive guard 73 Jahri Evans, New Orleans
77 Carl Nicks, New Orleans
75 Davin Joseph, Tampa Bay
Center 67 Ryan Kalil, Carolina 63 Scott Wells, Green Bay

Defense

Position Starter(s) Reserve(s) Alternate(s)
Defensive end 69 Jared Allen, Minnesota
93 Jason Babin, Philadelphia
90 Jason Pierre-Paul, N.Y. Giants[e] 90 Julius Peppers, Chicago[a]
Defensive tackle 94 Justin Smith, San Francisco
90 Jay Ratliff, Dallas
90 B. J. Raji, Green Bay
Outside linebacker 94 DeMarcus Ware, Dallas
52 Clay Matthews, Green Bay
55 Lance Briggs, Chicago[b] 52 Chad Greenway, Minnesota[a]
Inside linebacker 52 Patrick Willis, San Francisco 54 Brian Urlacher, Chicago[b] 59 London Fletcher, Washington[a]
Cornerback 21 Charles Woodson, Green Bay
22 Carlos Rogers, San Francisco[b]
33 Charles Tillman, Chicago 39 Brandon Browner, Seattle[a]
Free safety 29 Earl Thomas, Seattle 38 Dashon Goldson, San Francisco[b] 31 Kam Chancellor, Seattle[a]
Strong safety 24 Adrian Wilson, Arizona

Special teams

Position Starter(s) Reserve(s) Alternate(s)
Punter   4 Andy Lee, San Francisco
Placekicker   2 David Akers, San Francisco
Kick returner 21 Patrick Peterson, Arizona
Special teamer 21 Corey Graham, Chicago
Long snapper 86 Brian Jennings, San Francisco[d]

Notes:

bold player who participated in game
a Replacement selection due to injury or vacancy
b Injured player; selected but will not play
c Replacement starter; selected as reserve
d "Need player"; named by coach
e Selected but did not play because his team advanced to Super Bowl XLVI

Number of selections per team

American Football Conference
Team Selections
New England Patriots 9
Baltimore Ravens 8
Pittsburgh Steelers 7
Denver Broncos 6
San Diego Chargers 5
Houston Texans 4
New York Jets 4
Oakland Raiders 4
Cincinnati Bengals 4
Miami Dolphins 3
Indianapolis Colts 2
Jacksonville Jaguars 2
Kansas City Chiefs 2
Cleveland Browns 1
Buffalo Bills 0
Tennessee Titans 0
National Football Conference
Team Selections
San Francisco 49ers 9
Green Bay Packers 7
Chicago Bears 6
New Orleans Saints 5
Seattle Seahawks 5
Arizona Cardinals 3
Carolina Panthers 3
Philadelphia Eagles 3
Atlanta Falcons 2
Dallas Cowboys 2
Minnesota Vikings 2
New York Giants 2
Detroit Lions 1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1
Washington Redskins 1
St. Louis Rams 0

Broadcasting

The game was televised nationally by NBC. The telecast of the game garnered a Nielsen rating of 7.9 nationally.[7] While this represented an eight percent drop over the 2011 Pro Bowl ratings,[7] the game was still the second most watched Pro Bowl of the past twelve years.[8] The game drew more viewers than the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.[8] NBC also broadcast the 2013 game as Super Bowl broadcaster CBS had declined to carry it.

Social media

The NFL loosened its rules which forbid players from communicating via social media during games, by setting up a computer on each sideline to allow players to use Twitter.[9] Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher used the occasion to propose a contest among his Twitter followers to predict the game's final score and MVP. However, the NFL had him rescind the offer and he instead gave away a signed jersey instead of cash, presumably on anti-gambling grounds.[10]

Entertainment

The pop band Hot Chelle Rae played during the pregame ceremonies for the game.[11] United States Air Force Technical Sergeant Richard Vazquez sang the national anthem before the kickoff.[12] Several representatives of the U.S. Armed Forces participated in the coin toss ceremony: Major General Rodger Mathews, U.S. Army Pacific deputy commander; Lieutenant General Thomas L. Conant, U.S. Marine Corps Pacific command deputy commander and USAF Major General Darryll Wong, adjutant general of the Hawaii Air National Guard.[13] The halftime show, "NFL Salute to Service," was a tribute to the United States Armed Forces featuring the U.S. Army Silent Drill Team along with over a thousand service members stationed at bases in Hawaii.[14]

Reactions

Simon Samano of NFL.com wrote about the game, "Players love the trip to Hawaii but don't care for the game itself. They have no desire to risk injury in a 'meaningless' game, which is why they don't play hard, which is how you end up with 59–41 as the final score. It's that lack of effort that caused fans to boo during portions of this year's game."[15] Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers stated on his radio show, "I was just surprised that some of the guys either didn’t want to play or when they were in there didn't put any effort into it."[16] The Pro Bowl has different rules than a regular season NFL game. Blitzing is not allowed and the 4–3 formation must always be used in defensive formations.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, speaking a week after the game, stated that the 2012 Pro Bowl wasn't "the kind of football we want to be demonstrating to our fans, and you heard it from the fans, the fans were actively booing in the stands. ... We are going to either have to improve the quality of what we are doing in the Pro Bowl or consider other changes, or even consider eliminating the game if that is the kind of quality of game we are going to provide."[17]

Philip Rivers also questioned some of the players efforts in the Pro Bowl game. Rivers discussed with Bill Williamson during an interview “In general, maybe the whole week should be up for discussion, but I know there are guys in the game whose contracts may be up and they don’t want to get hurt and things like that. Still, we have to think of the fans and try to stay true to the game and not make a joke or a mockery out of the game."[18]

References

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External links

1951 Pro Bowl

The 1951 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's inaugural Pro Bowl which featured the league's outstanding performers from the 1950 season. The game was played on Sunday, January 14, 1951, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California in front of 53,676 fans. The American Conference squad defeated the National Conference by a score of 28–27. The player were selected by a vote of each conferences coaches along with the sports editors of the newspapers in the Los Angeles area, where the game was contested.The National team was led by the Los Angeles Rams' Joe Stydahar while Paul Brown of the Cleveland Browns coached the American stars. The same two coaches had faced each other three weeks earlier in the 1950 NFL Championship Game in which Brown's team had also defeated Stydahar's. Both coaches employed the T formation offense in the Pro Bowl.Cleveland Browns quarterback Otto Graham was named the game's outstanding player.

1976 Pro Bowl

The 1976 Pro Bowl was the NFL's 26th annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1975 season. The game was played on Monday, January 26, 1976, at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana in front of a crowd of 32,108. The final score was NFC 23, AFC 20. It was also the first Pro Bowl game played indoors.

The game featured the best players in the National Football League as selected by the league's coaches. John Madden of the Oakland Raiders led the AFC team against an NFC team led by Los Angeles Rams head coach Chuck Knox.The AFC's Billy "White Shoes" Johnson was named the game's MVP on the strength of a 90-yard punt return touchdown and a second punt return of 55 yards that set up a field goal. The referee was Fred Silva.Players on the winning NFC team received $2,000 apiece while the AFC participants each took home $1,500.

1988 Pro Bowl

The 1988 Pro Bowl was the NFL's 38th annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1987 season. The game was played on Sunday, February 7, 1988, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii before a crowd of 50,113. The final score was AFC 15, NFC 6.Marty Schottenheimer of the Cleveland Browns led the AFC team against an NFC team coached by Minnesota Vikings head coach Jerry Burns. The referee was Dick Hantak.Bruce Smith of the Buffalo Bills was named the game's MVP. Players on the winning AFC team received $10,000 apiece while the NFC participants each took home $5,000.

1990 Pro Bowl

The 1990 Pro Bowl was the NFL's fortieth annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1989 season. The game was played on Sunday, February 4, 1990, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii before a crowd of 50,445. The final score was NFC 27, AFC 21.Bud Carson of the Cleveland Browns led the AFC team against an NFC team coached by Los Angeles Rams head coach John Robinson. The referee was Johnny Grier.Jerry Gray of the Los Angeles Rams was named the game's MVP. Players on the winning NFC team received $10,000 apiece while the AFC participants each took home $5,000.

1991 Pro Bowl

The 1991 Pro Bowl was the NFL's 41st annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1990 season. The game was played on Sunday, February 3, 1991, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii before a crowd of 50,345. The final score was AFC 23, NFC 21.Art Shell of the Los Angeles Raiders led the AFC team against an NFC team coached by San Francisco 49ers head coach George Seifert. The referee was Gordon McCarter.Quarterback Jim Kelly of the Buffalo Bills was named the game's Most Valuable Player. Players on the winning AFC team received $10,000 apiece while the NFC participants each took home $5,000.

1992 Pro Bowl

The 1992 Pro Bowl was the NFL's 42nd annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1991 season. The game was played on Sunday, February 2, 1992, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii before a crowd of 50,209. The final score was NFC 21, AFC 15.Dan Reeves of the Denver Broncos led the AFC team against an NFC team coached by Detroit Lions head coach Wayne Fontes. The referee was Gerald Austin.Michael Irvin of the Dallas Cowboys was the game's MVP. Players on the winning NFC team received $10,000 apiece while the AFC participants each took home $5,000.

2011 All-Pro Team

There are three 2011 All-Pro Teams—one each named by the Associated Press (AP), Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA), and Sporting News—for performance in the 2011 NFL season. While none of these have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2012 Pro Bowl), they are included (separately) in the NFL Record and Fact Book. Any player selected to any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro."

The AP team, with first- and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of 50 NFL writers; the Sporting News selection process uses a panel of 50 NFL coaches and executives, while the PFWA team is chosen by polling its 300+ members.

2011 Cincinnati Bengals season

The 2011 Cincinnati Bengals season was the franchise's 44th season as a professional football team and 42nd in the National Football League (NFL). The Bengals entered the season coming off a 4–12 in 2010. Head Coach Marvin Lewis was re-signed by the team. Quarterback (QB) Carson Palmer demanded a trade and was dealt to the Oakland Raiders. Wide receiver (WR) Chad Johnson was traded to the New England Patriots. Replacing the two, the organization drafted QB Andy Dalton and WR AJ Green in the 2011 NFL Draft. The start of the 2011 season was hindered by a lockout, which cancelled the teams' mini-camp.

After going 1–3 in pre-season, the Bengals started their season off with a win against division rival Cleveland Browns, en route to a 9–7 record—their best outing since 2009. It received a Wild Card spot in the 2011–12 NFL playoffs where it lost in the opening round to the Houston Texans. Four players—Dalton, Green, defensive lineman (DL) Geno Atkins, and tight end (TE) Jermaine Gresham—were elected to the 2012 Pro Bowl; Atkins was also selected to the Associated Press' 2011 All-Pro Team.

2013 Pro Bowl

The 2013 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's sixty-third annual all-star game which featured players from the 2012 season. It took place at 2:30 pm Hawaii–Aleutian Time (UTC−10:00; 7:30 pm Eastern Time) on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game was televised nationally by NBC in place of CBS. The game was delayed for 30 minutes due to flash flood warnings.John Fox of the AFC West Denver Broncos led the AFC "home team" against a "visiting" NFC team that was coached by the Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy of the NFC North. These coaches were selected for coaching the highest seeded team to lose in the Divisional Round of the playoffs, which has been the convention since the 2009 Pro Bowl. Ed Hochuli was the game referee.Players on the winning team (NFC) each earned $50,000, while players on the losing team (AFC) earned $25,000.The Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers had the most Pro Bowl selections with nine. The Kansas City Chiefs, despite only winning two games, had six selections. Six teams, the Carolina Panthers, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Rams, Tennessee Titans, Jacksonville Jaguars, and San Diego Chargers, had no selections. Three rookie quarterbacks (Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Russell Wilson) were selected, which is the most in Pro Bowl history.

A. J. Green

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In his first season with the Bengals, Green made the 2012 Pro Bowl, the first rookie receiver to make a Pro Bowl appearance in eight years; Green has since gone on to appear in 7 total Pro Bowls in his career. From 2011 to 2013, Green caught more passes (260) than any other player in NFL history during their first three seasons, though this record was later broken by Jarvis Landry.

Antonio Brown

Antonio Tavaris Brown Sr. (born July 10, 1988) is an American football wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). Raised in Liberty City, Miami, Brown attended Miami Norland High School where he played both football and track. He played college football at Central Michigan University, where he earned All-American honors in 2008 and 2009 as a punt returner. A sixth round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, no player has amassed more receptions and receiving yards than Brown since he entered the league.During his first season with the Steelers, the team advanced to Super Bowl XLV, but lost to the Green Bay Packers. He finished his rookie season with 16 receptions for 167 yards in ten games. During his second season, Brown became the first player in NFL history to have more than 1,000 yards receiving and returning in the same year. For his efforts, Brown was selected as a punt returner for the 2012 Pro Bowl. In 2013, Brown became the only receiver in NFL history to record five receptions and at least 50 yards in every single game of an NFL season. Although his on-the-field productivity continued over the next several seasons, including leading the league in receiving yards in 2014 and 2017, Brown's relationship with the Steelers, especially with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, soured and in 2019 he requested a trade. He was eventually dealt to Oakland, who then made him the highest-paid receiver in the league.

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Earl Thomas

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Eric Weddle

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Lincoln Kennedy

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Fletcher was well known for never missing a game in his career, being one of only five players in NFL history to play in over 250 consecutive games. Fletcher also holds the record for consecutive starts at the linebacker position. He eventually finished his career with 215 consecutive games started, which ties him for 6th all time along with Alan Page and Ronde Barber.

Matthew Slater

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Vince Wilfork

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