The Packers were well-represented in Orlando with LT David Bakhtiari and S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix making their Pro Bowl debuts for the NFC on Sunday.
The AFC prevailed 20-13 over the NFC at Camping World Stadium in a game that featured a return to the “conferenced” format to determine teams after using a draft for the three previous Pro Bowls.
It was a homecoming for Clinton-Dix, a native of Orlando who entered the game on the NFC’s second defensive series of the first quarter. Bakhtiari replaced Dallas’ Tyron Smith on the NFC’s first offensive series in the second quarter.
A first-round pick in 2014, Clinton-Dix has played at least 1,100 defensive snaps in each of his first three NFL seasons. He had 80 tackles this past season with five interceptions, which tied for most among NFL safeties.
Bakhtiari played 1,055 of a possible 1,086 snaps in 2016. He’s played in all 16 regular-season games in three of his first four NFL seasons.
Clinton-Dix and Bakhtiari are the first players to represent the Packers at their positions since Nick Collins and Chad Clifton, respectively, in 2010.
It’s the 11th consecutive year the Packers have had at least one player selected to the Pro Bowl. The Packers had two other selections – quarterback Aaron Rodgers and right guard T.J. Lang – who didn’t play in Sunday’s game.
Lang enjoyed his first Pro Bowl from the comfort of his home. The eight-year veteran underwent a hip procedure on Friday and had been dealing with a lingering foot injury.
Former Packers DB Charles Woodson served as one of the legend captains for the NFC. A nine-time Pro Bowl selection and Super Bowl XLV champion, Woodson earned NFL defensive player of the year honors with the Packers in 2009.
Kansas City TE Travis Kelce was named the Pro Bowl offensive MVP after catching three passes for 36 yards, including a 23-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter.
Buffalo OLB Lorenzo Alexander was named the game’s defensive MVP after leading the AFC with eight tackles, two pass deflections and a 20-yard interception return with a little more than 1 minute left in regulation.