Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson caught one pass for 11 yards during Sunday’s 2011 NFL Pro Bowl. The game was a high-scoring, offensive affair, but Johnson only had four passes thrown in his direction. Only one of them ended up being caught, and in general he wasn’t very involved in the game. That wasn’t a problem for the NFC, though. The NFC All-Stars jumped out to a 42-0 lead and eventually ended up winning by a ridiculous score of 55-41.
DeAngelo Hall of the NFC was named the MVP of the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl. He had six tackles, two pass defenses, an interception and a fumble recovery for a touchdown. It’s interesting that a defensive player ended up receiving MVP honors in such a high-scoring game, but it’s not like there were many players actually trying to stop their opponent from scoring. A common sight was defensive linemen just standing around and waiting for plays to end, and the tackling attempts throughout the game were pretty bad. This is the Pro Bowl we’re talking about, though, so it shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
Had Ndamukong Suh not had shoulder surgery earlier this month, he could have gotten the chance to go out there and stand around until the plays came to an end. He had to pull out of the game because of the surgery, but he still made the trip to Hawaii to support Johnson.