ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The Pro Bowl has long been more about showmanship than competition. Clearly, that memo missed Lorenzo Alexander.
The Buffalo Bills linebacker could have just sat on a late interception for the win, but instead opted to return the ball 20 yards and then lateralled it to Aqib Talib, who came within 13 yards of the end zone in the AFC’s 20-13 win over the NFC in the NFL’s all-star game Sunday night.
“I was serious about that last drive,” Alexander said. “You’re playing fast, playing hard, having a good time, but we wanted to win. We took it very serious.”
That much was obviously on the final drive when Alexander, selected the game’s defensive MVP, got tight end Jimmy Graham on a hard hit over the middle as the NFC drove the ball down field for what could have been the rallying game-winning drive. A couple of plays later, the ball went off Graham’s hands and right to Alexander, sealing the game.
But even on that play, the increased competitive spirit was obvious when quarterback Kirk Cousins stuck with the play after throwing the interception and knocked the ball out of Talib’s hands on a jarring hit to save the touchdown.
While many of the 60,834 had already left Camping World Stadium , those who stuck around saw a thrilling end.
Article source: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/29/sold-out-revamped-pro-bowl-makes-debut-in-orlando/
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