Team Irvin got the best of Team Rice during Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Hawaii as their quarterbacks combined to throw for 7 touchdown passes en route to a 49-27 victory. Russell Wilson was named the game's MVP, throwing for 164 yards and 3 TDs.
Eli Manning got Team Rice off to a hot start, connecting with Cleveland tight end Gary Barnidge for 28 yards on the game’s first play from scrimmage. Manning then connected with Oakland’s rookie wideout Amari Cooper for 23 yards on the very next play. After a few more short completions, Manning found Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce in the endzone for a 4-yard touchdown, resulting in the first score of the game. Manning was 5-6 for 71 yards and a TD on the opening drive.
Manning’s second drive did not go as smoothly as the first. After connecting with Travis Kelce for a short gain, Manning was intercepted by Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee on a pass that tipped off of Bucs running back Doug Martin’s hands. The pass was a tad behind Martin, but certainly a ball that he normally catches. Lee also picked off Manning back in week 13 of 2011.
Manning’s third and final drive of the game did not go much better. His offensive live caved in on a four-man rush and he was sacked by Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett on third down, leading to a quick 3-and-out. The sack on Manning was the only sack recorded in the game by either team.
Overall, it was a bit of a familiar feeling for Manning. Poor offensive line play, no ground attack to speak of and receivers dropping passes, all issues that plagued the Giants this past season.
The real letdown for Manning though was failing to connect at all with Odell Beckham Jr., who drafted Eli with the first Team Rice’s first pick. Giants fans surely wanted to see the two display their chemistry, but Beckham only received one target from Manning that fell incomplete. Beckham was also held in check for the rest of the game, finishing with just one catch for 14 yards.
All in all it was a tough game for Team Rice, as Manning, Derek Carr, and Tyrod Taylor combined to throw for just 3 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. Manning turned in a decent performance, but he wasn’t spectacular by any means. Manning and Beckham Jr. will look to build on their success this season and hopefully find themselves back in Hawaii in 2017.null