2014 Pro Bowl
The 2014 Pro Bowl was the National Football League's all-star game for the 2013 season. It took place at 2:30 pm local time on January 26 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The game was televised nationally by NBC and was the final Pro Bowl on network television before ABC’s airing in 2018 as part of a simulcast with sister network ESPN, whose parent company Disney currently holds domestic TV rights to the game.
|Date||January 26, 2014|
|Stadium||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii|
|Offensive MVP||Nick Foles (Philadelphia Eagles)|
|Defensive MVP||Derrick Johnson (Kansas City Chiefs)|
|National anthem||Grace Potter|
|Coin toss||Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., USN|
|Halftime show||Fall Out Boy|
|TV in the United States|
|Announcers||Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya, and Doug Flutie|
|Nielsen ratings||5.4 (national)|
US viewership: 9.27 million est.
Significant changes to the Pro Bowl format were adopted in an attempt to make the game more "fan-friendly". These changes were proposed by National Football League Players Association president Dominique Foxworth and developed in partnership between the league and the player's union.
The most significant change was a switch to a "fantasy draft" format rather than pitting AFC all-stars against NFC all-stars. Hall of Fame players Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders were chosen as honorary team captains, and joined by two active players each to assist in their selections. Chuck Pagano of the AFC South winning Indianapolis Colts coached Team Sanders, while Ron Rivera of the NFC South winning Carolina Panthers coached Team Rice. These coaches were selected for coaching the highest seeded teams to lose in the Divisional round of the playoffs, which has been the convention since the 2010 Pro Bowl.
Team Rice won the game 22–21.
- The rosters now consist of 44 players per squad, with an additional defensive back added.
- Two former players, Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders, drafted players to be members of the teams. Each was assisted by two player captains, and a top player from NFL.com fantasy football. The player captains were the top two offensive and defensive players from teams not in the conference championships, as determined by a vote; Drew Brees and Robert Quinn represented Team Rice, while Team Sanders was represented by Jamaal Charles and J. J. Watt. The draft was held on January 21 and 22, 2014, with the selection of top offensive and defensive positions held during a primetime broadcast on the second day, aired by NFL Network.
- A "Game within the Game" format saw the addition of two-minute warnings to all four quarters, with a change of possession to start each quarter. The intention of this rule is to encourage four exciting two-minute drills.
- No kickoffs. A coin toss will determine which team is awarded possession first, and the ball will be placed on the 25-yard line at the start of each quarter and after scoring plays.
- The defense is now permitted to play "cover two" and "press" coverage. In the previous years, only the "man" coverage was permitted, except for goal line situations.
- Beginning at the two-minute mark of every quarter, if the offense does not gain at least one yard, the clock stops as if the play were an incomplete pass.
- A 35-second and 25-second play clock is used instead of the usual 40-second and 25-second clock.
- The game clock does not stop on quarterback sacks outside of the final 2 minutes of regulation.
To begin the game, the coin toss was won by Team Sanders. They decided to defer to the second half, so Team Rice started with the ball.
- Date: January 26, 2014
- Game time: 7:30 p.m. EST / 2:30 p.m. HST
- Game weather: On and off rain, clearing late; temperature 21 C (73 F)
- 2014 Pro Bowl - National Football League Game Summary
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Number of selections per teamEdit
The game was televised nationally by NBC and was the final Pro Bowl on network television for the foreseeable future. ESPN took over the exclusive broadcast rights to the Pro Bowl, effective in 2015. In France, the game was televised by BeIN Sport, and in the United Kingdom and Ireland, by Sky Sports. In Slovenia, the game was televised by Šport TV, and in Germany, by Sport1 US.
Westwood One radio also broadcast the game nationally.
7pm; Cris Collinsworth’s Sunday Night Football Special
- HH: 3.6; Viewers: 5.555 million
7:30pm; 2014 Pro Bowl
- HH: 6.6; Viewers: 11.378 million 
10:47pm; Pro Bowl Post-Game
- HH: 4.7; Viewers: 7.822 million
- 7:30 – HH: 6.3; Viewers: 10.809 million
- 8:00 – HH: 7.1; Viewers: 12.502 million
- 8:30 – HH: 7.1; Viewers: 12.588 million
- 9:00 – HH: 6.4; Viewers: 11.248 million
- 9:30 – HH: 6.4; Viewers: 10.961 million
- 10:00 – HH: 6.3; Viewers: 10.514 million
- 10:30-10:47 – HH: 6.5; Viewers: 10.750 million
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