There is never a whole lot of defense at the NFL Pro Bowl every year and this season’s version was no different, as you can tell from the final score of 59-41. But for all the offense, it was a play by Kansas City Chiefs LB Derrick Johnson that helped lock up the victory for the AFC.
With the NFC down 17 (the equivalent of a field goal in Pro Bowl scoring) and driving, Johnson returned a Cam Newton interception 60 yards for a touchdown. However, it wasn’t the Chiefs linebacker that started the play, but rather San Diego Chargers S Eric Weddle.
As Newton rolled right to try and avoid the rush (yes, a rarity in the no-defense All-Star Game), he pulled up just before the line of scrimmage and chucked the ball down field. Weddle stepped up and picked off the pass just inside the 15-yard line and took off for the races.
Weddle rumbled all the way to the 35 when he was tripped up and tossed the ball up in the air, which was picked off by AFC West rival Johnson. The All-Pro then avoided a couple tackle attempts along the sideline before Newton and a couple offensive linemen all but stepped aside to allow Johnson into the end zone for the score.
We’ve all seen Johnson find his way to the end zone over the years, but it’s good to see him get in some work in front of a national TV audience.