Yes, it’s depressing that the Minnesota Vikings had players that were actually playing in Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Orlando. However, the 24-23 loss that the NFC suffered certainly can’t be hung around the necks of the five members of the purple that were partaking in the game.
The NFC got on the board first, thanks to Adam Thielen.
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Later on in the first half, one of the Vikings’ defensive representatives helped the NFC add to their lead. Naturally, it was Harrison Smith.
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That put the NFC up 17-3, and they took a 20-3 lead into halftime. However, the AFC came back and, ultimately, pulled off the victory. The touchdowns by Smith and Thielen were the only touchdowns for the NFC on the afternoon.
Xavier Rhodes had a very nice pass breakup against Antonio Brown that kept the AFC out of the end zone early.
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In addition, tight end Kyle Rudolph, a late addition to the squad, led the NFC team in receiving. He had seven catches for 70 yards on the afternoon with a long of 16.
Linval Joseph, the other Vikings’ Pro Bowl representative, was credited with one tackle on the afternoon.
So, while the NFC may have come out on the wrong end of the scoreboard in the Pro Bowl, the members of the Minnesota Vikings that were there put on a pretty solid showing in Orlando.