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A successful beginning to the NFC’s Pro Bowl weekend was set by Baker Mayfield’s achievement in the Precision Passing challenge. Thus, NFC takes early lead with Mayfield winning Precision Passing event over Stroud. The NFC now leads 6-3, setting the stage for an exciting weekend of competitions leading up to the flag football finale on Sunday.

Golf, dodgeball, and precision passing were among the events that took place during opening night, with fans in attendance and millions watching at home.

Mayfield, despite not throwing since Tampa Bay’s season ended, impressed many with his sharp performance in the Precision Passing challenge. Stroud, who had an incredible rookie season, put up a strong fight but ultimately fell short against the experienced Mayfield.

The closest-to-the-pin golf competition saw Dallas Cowboys tight end Jake Ferguson come within inches of the hole with his impressive shot. However, it was teammate Bryan Anger who stole the show by landing just two feet from the pin.

Miles Killebrew, a Steelers special teams ace, took home the High Stakes competition for the AFC by catching six passes in a row from a Jugs machine.

During the Snap Shots event, Minnesota Vikings long snapper Andrew DePaola managed to secure nine points for the NFC team. Despite struggles in the Snap Shots competition, Philadelphia Eagles center Jason Kelce remained determined and ultimately succeeded on his final attempt.

In the Dodgeball tournament, the AFC offense came out victorious in the first game, while the NFC offense claimed victory in the second game.

The Pro Bowl Games continue on Sunday with events like Madden NFL head-to-head, best catch, kick-tac-toe, gridiron gauntlet, tug-of-war, move the chains, and flag football games.

Fan votes will determine the winner of the Best Catch competition between NFC’s Puka Nacua and AFC’s David Njoku.

A giant rendition of Tic-Tac-Toe awaits the participating football team kickers, with the first one to secure a row of three or amass a sum of five winning.

Six athletes hailing from each conference have been announced for the Gridiron Gauntlet, a unique relay race comprised of a vast playing field and numerous hindrances.

At the upcoming competition, each conference will provide a team of five players to participate in a thrilling Tug-of-War showdown.

Offensive and defensive linemen are invited to compete in Move the Chains, a contest aimed at showcasing their incredible strength by moving a massive 3,000-pound object away from an immovable 2,000-pound wall.

On Sunday, the culmination of the Pro Bowl will be reached as the NFC and AFC face off in a flag football game.

Flag football champions from all skill levels secure points, with extra incentives for victory during the first two matches leading to the grand championship game.

An Exciting Weekend

With the NFC currently leading 6-3, fans are eagerly anticipating the exciting weekend of competitions and the final flag football game.

In place of the conventional Pro Bowl format, 2023 brought about competitions focused on skills and flag football games.

While the results are still mixed regarding TV ratings, fans, and players seem to enjoy the new format as it offers a range of classic games and opportunities to showcase their diverse talents.

Beginning at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 4, the Pro Bowl gets underway. This annual sports event includes flag football matches that will be shown on ABC and ESPN. Keep up with live updates and highlights from the Pro Bowl skills competitions on ESPN or via ESPN+ and Fubo TV. The event will be broadcast on TSN1 for those residing in Canada.

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