Falcons returnman Devin Hester, quarterback Matt Ryan and cheerleader Alice F. are having a blast during Pro Bowl week in Arizona
After days of practice, some rest and plenty of get-to-know-you time for the players on Team Carter and Team Irvin, it's time for the 2015 Pro Bowl to be settled on the field. Falcons fans will undoubtedly be focused on their favorite team's players, quarterback Matt Ryan, playing for Team Irvin and wide receiver Devin Hester, who will lace up his cleats for Team Carter.
For a full look at the full Pro Bowl rosters, check out the draft results:
This year's version of the NFL All-Star Game includes a few new rule changes, such as narrowed goal-post widths (18 feet to 14 feet) and more timeouts (two per quarter as opposed to three per half). Like last year, the media will select two MVPs of the game (offense and defense), each driving away with some hardware and a new vehicle.
As for other game rules, Devin Hester won't be returning kickoffs since there won't be any. The ball will be placed on the 25-yard line when each quarter begins and after scoring plays. Hester did say he plans on scoring two touchdowns because "Coach (Cris) Carter said we needed two."
Michael Irvin said he drafted Matt Ryan to win the game for him, which could include a last-minute drive. Per the game rules, Ryan could see Cover 2 and press coverages, unlike previous Pro Bowl games. If needed, Ryan will likely utilize the benefits of different game-clock rules. Beginning at the two-minute mark of each quarter, if the offense fails to gain at least 1 yard, the clock will stop as if the play were an incomplete pass.
Kickoff for the 2015 Pro Bowl is set for 8 p.m. tonight on ESPN. For more details of tonight's contest, including further specifics on the game's rules, click here.
Footnote: While Ryan (third-career Pro Bowl) and Hester (fourth-career Pro Bowl) are playing in the game, Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones won't be able to, instead missing his second-career Pro Bowl to focus on recovering from a late-season hip injury. Here's a look back at one of his many Pro Bowl-worthy efforts in 2014.