For the second consecutive year, the NFL had two captains (this year was Michael Irvin and Cris Carter) draft their teams. This created an opportunity for players to go up against their teammates and this is exactly what happened for the Carolina Panthers. Tight end Greg Olsen was drafted by Carter while linebacker Luke Kuechly was drafted by Irvin.
The Panthers tight end got the scoring started for his team with a touchdown catch in the first quarter from Colts’ quarterback Andrew Luck. Olsen was not done finding the end zone as he caught another touchdown at the start of the third quarter from NFC South rival Drew Brees. Olsen finished the game with three receptions for 52 yards and the two touchdowns mentioned.
As for Kuechly, he put together a strong game with six solo tackles and one assisted. He finished second on Team Irvin in terms of tackles and was only one behind the team leader, Von Miller. The biggest knock on the Pro Bowl has always been the lack of defense however the Panthers’ linebacker didn’t get that message.
While many don’t pay attention to the Pro Bowl anymore, it was good to see the two players from the Panthers, who played so well this year, end their season on a high note.