QB: Peyton Manning, AFC, 2004
When you look at career numbers in the Pro Bowl, Peyton is easily the greatest QB all-star of all-stars. The 2004 Pro Bowl was also the greatest QB matchup in Pro Bowl history… in terms of fantasy. In the matchup – where the teams combined to score 107 points – Peyton set single game Pro Bowl records for completions (22), attempts (41), and yards (342). He also tossed 3 TDs.
However, Manning did all of that in a LOSING EFFORT. That’s right. In that same game, former Rams QB Marc Bulger threw 4 TDs on a very efficient 12 completions to lead the NFC to a 55-52 victory. Bulger won the game MVP award… but Peyton has our hearts, as always.
In addition to all those single game records, Manning also holds career Pro Bowl marks for completions, attempts, yards, touchdowns and interceptions.
RBs: John Brockington, NFC, 1973 / Shaun Alexander, NFC, 2004
In another example of “guy sets records, someone else wins MVP”, Packers back Brockington was only in his second season when he broke out in the 23rd Pro Bowl, scoring 3 TDs and totaling 97 yards on 10 carries and 5 catches. The MVP that year? O.J. Simpson.
Alexander scored 3 TDs as well in the 2004 Bowl that ended in Peyton and Bulger re-writing the record books, with 72 total yards on 13 carries and 5 catches. While Alexander did end up playing for a winning squad, Bulger went home with the MVP hardware.
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