The Indianapolis Colts sent seven players to the 2015 Pro Bowl. The Colts were basically divided up between offense and defense.
NFL Hall of Fame wide receivers Michael Irvin and Cris Carter served as captains for each team. Team Carter was comprised of Andrew Luck, T.Y. Hilton, and Pat McAfee. Team Irvin featured Vontae Davis, Mike Adams, D’Qwell Jackson, and Adam Vinatieri.
Team Irvin won 32-28.
Luck got Team Carter off to a good start, scoring on the team’s first two drives of the game. Luck threw a rainbow touchdown pass to Panther’s tight end Greg Olsen. On the second drive, Hilton beat Davis on the seam route to score off a laser pass from Luck.
It was the first touchdown that Davis had given up in over a year.
Luck only played for the two drives, but went 9-for-10 for 119 yards and two touchdowns. His lone incompletion was a off a dropped pass by Bears’ tight end Martellus Bennett.
Hilton finished the game with three receptions for 40 yards and he also had a reception for a two-point conversion in the third quarter. Hilton nearly had a second touchdown off a Drew Brees pass, but it was taken away from him by Brent Grimes in the endzone for an interception.
The Pro Bowl featured a number of interesting new rules such as narrower field goal posts. They also moved the kicking for extra point attempts further back.
Those changes gave Vinatieri some problems Sunday night. He drilled field goals from 28 and 32 yards out but he was 1-for-3 on extra point attempts. He also missed a field goal from 38 yards as the third quarter expired.
Vinatieri has only missed 10 extra points in his 19-year career. It might be safe to say that if one of the best kickers in the past decade is struggling, the new field goal posts are a bad idea.
The Colts defense can take bragging rights into the off season after defeating Luck and Hilton.