Well, that game is in the bag and depending where you stand in the Bay Area, you're either pleased or perturbed at the results for the 2011 Pro Bowl. The NFC walked away with a 55 to 41 victory over the AFC. It's obviously a meaningless game, but much like the Battle of the Bay in the Bay Area, there's a small matter of pride when your conference is on the winning end. When it comes down to fans of the Oakland Raiders and fans of the San Francisco 49ers, nothing is too insignificant to argue over or brag about.
The NFC dominated the AFC for the better part of sixty minutes, and it was actually a pretty decent game. I wondered if anybody would care about the Pro Bowl this year, but it seems like there's definitely more invested interest than last year's non-Hawaii iteration. No 49ers or Raiders players made a huge impact on the game, but there was decent play all around.
49ers defensive end Justin Smith made the most significant play of the Bay Area representatives, a forced fumble early on, though it was recovered by the AFC. It was one of his two tackles on the day, he entered as a starter at the beginning of the game, as a defensive tackle in the 4-3. The Raiders didn't notch up anything other than a punt by Shane Lechler for 36 yards, and I couldn't tell if any of the other representatives such as Richard Seymour or Nnamdi Asomugha made any difference as far as pressure and coverage is concerned as I wasn't watching throughout the entirety of the game.
Patrick Willis was elected as a starting inside linebacker, but was out of the game with a hand injury.