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The Pro Bowl has come under fire as fans believe that it has become nothing more than a walkthrough for most players. This year may be different, though, and if you want to find out for yourself, here's what you need to know.
The NFL Pro Bowl has come under fire of late as many fans feel that the league's version of an All-Star game is nothing more than a walkthrough. Even though the games have been high-scoring lately, there haven't been many big hits that fans have grown to love, and it's not hard to understand why due to the fact that it would be hard to sell out and risk physical injury in a game that doesn't matter. For these reasons, there have been whispers that the league officials are toying with the idea of getting rid of the Pro Bowl.
However, players like Peyton Manning and Champ Bailey are challenging their peers to treat the Pro Bowl like it was any other regular-season game in hopes of saving the game for future seasons. If they're successful, the 2013 Pro Bowl could be much more exciting than it has been in the past.
There are a few Seattle Seahawks that will be representing the NFC team in Hawaii on Sunday, including quarterback Russell Wilson, running back Marshawn Lynch, offensive tackle Russell Okung, center Max Unger, free safety Earl Thomas and kick returner Leon Washington.
If you plan to watch the 2013 Pro Bowl, here's all you need to know:
Location: Aloha Stadium; Honolulu
Date/Time: Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013; 4 p.m. PST
TV Schedule: NBC
Odds: NFC by 2½, per OddsShark
Interesting Facts: Last year's Pro Bowl teams combined for more than 100 points as the AFC won by a score 59-41, and both the AFC and the NFC have won the league's all-star game a total of 21 times. The last time one conference won back-to-back Pro Bowls was when the NFC won in 2008 and '09. The last time the AFC won more than one Pro Bowl in a row was when it won in 2001, '02 and '03. This is only the second Pro Bowl played the weekend before the Super Bowl.