When Rex Ryan was introduced as the new head coach of the Jets, he referred to Darrelle Revis as the best corner in football. Revis validated Ryan’s statements on Sunday when he ended the game as the only cornerback to record an interception against the NFC’s best.
With the NFC driving down the field and looking to take the lead, Revis threw a blanket over Anquan Boldin and picked off a 30-yard pass from Eli Manning in the end zone.
As if staying step-for-step with Boldin wasn’t impressive enough, Revis reeled in the pass with one arm.
Unfortunately, his efforts would be nullified by a Kerry Collins’ fumble only two plays later. The turnover would result in an Adrian Peterson touchdown.
Revis wasn’t the only one on the Jets to play a role on Sunday.
Leon Washington’s explosiveness was intentionally neutralized by the NFC as they made a conscious effort to kick away from him. His 38-yard kick return in the second-quarter sent fear through the NFC as it was the last time a kick would go directly to him.
Aside from that return, Washington recorded the AFC’s longest run with a 20-yard dash in the fourth quarter.
Kris Jenkins was the AFC’s comic, declaring his jersey as being “too tight” while the AFC’s defense introduced themselves for the cameras.
Nick Mangold and Alan Faneca performed admirably all afternoon, and Thomas Jones had a rough day against the NFC’s best, recording only 21 yards on six carries.
Overall, the Pro Bowl is exactly what everyone has come to expect. It’s nothing truly exhilirating. The interviews along the sidelines feature statements prepared by the players’ agents, and the game is arranged to be as difficult as possible for the defense.
And so the countdown begins—six months until another game is officially televised for our viewing pleasure. Fortunately, free agency and the NFL draft look to have enough drama in store to keep all of us entertained for at least three more months.