Phoenix — Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford enjoyed himself Sunday night in his first Pro Bowl.
Stafford was named the offensive MVP during the annual All-Star game after passing for 316 yards and two touchdowns.
"It's a blast," Stafford said. "To able to play with the best in the world is a whole lot of fun, and everybody is such good people, too. I am out here having a good time."
Stafford's Team Irvin defeated Team Carter, 32-28. Stafford also connected with Lions teammate Glover Quin on a 60-yard pass play.
"Golden came out here and played fantastic tonight, had some big plays," Stafford said. "Obviously got me off to a fast start and he's been doing that for me for a long time."
Lions safety Glover Quin played for Team Carter.
Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, was named defensive MVP after he intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble.
"I just tried to enjoy it," he said. "That's what the Pro Bowl is all about, giving the fans a good show. Everybody worked so hard to get here, you want to enjoy yourself and play some good ball.
"Guys are dancing around and having a good time, that's what it's all about."
The game drew a capacity crowd of 63,225.
One of the wrinkles was narrower goal posts. Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri — who had not missed a PAT in five years —missed two 33-yard extra points through 14-foot wide uprights.
Vinatieri's counterpart on Team Carter, rookie Cody Parkey, didn't miss. But he didn't like the experiment.
"It's just unfortunate that they're trying to make it harder us for a lot of guys' success in the league," he said.
Parkey, who kicks for Philadelphia, said his job got a lot tougher with the smaller target and the added distance.
"It's definitely different," he said. "But at the same time, you just go out there and kick your ball, and a little more accuracy is definitely needed."
It was the second Pro Bowl in which the NFL dropped the AFC vs. NFC format and had big-name former players pick their teams in a draft.
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