Sack-happy defensive end J.J. Watt played some wide receiver, retiring center Jeff Saturday snapped to both Peyton and Eli Manning, and the NFC blew past the AFC 62-35 on Sunday in a Pro Bowl that could be the could be the league's last.
Whether the all-star game will return is a question NFL officials will ponder the next few months.
The NFC was unstoppable on offense in front of 47,134 in Honolulu, with nearly each player putting up fantasy-type lines in limited play. The AFC had five turnovers and scored most of its points well after the game was decided.
Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph was voted the game's MVP with 122 yards and a touchdown.
Watt, who had 201/2 sacks for Houston, was targeted twice as a wide receiver for the AFC but had no catches. He later showed a TV camera a bloody left pinkie, joking with NBC telecasters that the players were trying. "Hey, Commish, we're playing hard," he said as he showed his bloodied finger.
Roger Goodell has said the Pro Bowl won't be played again if play didn't improve this year.
"We understood what (Goodell) wanted, guys were making plays all over the field," said the New York Giants' Victor Cruz, who set a Pro Bowl record with 10 catches for the NFC.
Green Bay's Saturday lined up on one play for the AFC to snap the ball one last time to Peyton Manning, his longtime former Indianapolis teammate.
Colts rookie Andrew Luck went 12 of 19 for 205 yards with a TD and an interception for the AFC.