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A Virtual Pro Bowl

The Pro Bowl is an All Star game played for the NFL before the Super Bowl. The NFC and the AFC teams play against each other with players voted by the fans. Since 1951, it's been a tradition to play the Pro Bowl. Players are excited to compete against other all star players. It was an exciting tradition to see. This year's pro bowl was different. Covid-19 infections have been spreading nationwide and have prevented the game from being played. The  game was supposed to be played in Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium on Janurary. 31. Instead it was played virtually on Madden 21. 


The game was presented by Verizion and other NFL streaming platforms. Players like Deshean Watson, Derrick Henry and Kyler Murray all took part in this year's Pro Bowl that was like no other. Popular stars like Snoop Dog and Bubba Wallace also participated in the Pro Bowl. They had some exciting moments making the game a fun experience For those who don’t know Madden 21 is an American Football Game based on the NFL. Madden has been a video game series since1990. It's been very popular since then and has been published on recent consoles like the Ps5 and Xbox series. 


The pro bowler each played one game facing different players in different divisions: NFC versus AFC. The virtual matchups were intense and very entertaining. Former NFL player Marshawn Lynch even broke his chair live from celebrating. The game had intense moments and had players screaming at their screens. Rapper Snoop Dogg even had some frustrating moments after throwing a 2nd interception causing the game to be sealed off and securing the NFC win. 


Every year there is a MVP in the Pro Bowl. Even though this year wasn’t the same the tradition stayed alive and they decided to select an MVP. The Arizona Cardinal Quarterback Kyler Murray won MVP. He was rewarded with a cash prize. Kyler Murray played Dashawn Watson first round the game was close he played great scoring back to back touchdowns giving him the lead. End of the half it was 26-6, it soon became 26-12 and Watson trailing by 2 possessions. Murray was able to keep him on a hold and sealing the game with another touchdown making the Final score 32-12 helping the NFC get a victory. 


Even though it wasn’t this year's Pro Bowl wasnt as expected it was better than nothing the pro bowl had funny moments buzzing all over social media. It was a new fun experience for the fans and the players. The NFL was able to keep a risk free virtual game to keep the tradition.