NFL Announces new Pro Bowl Format



The NFL is giving the Pro-Bowl a major face-lift by discarding the AFC vs. NFC format and introducing team captains that will pick 43 players per team regardless of conference.

Here is a list of some more major changes:

  • As a safety measure kickoffs will be eliminated
  • Ball will be placed at the 25-yeard line at the start of the game and after scoring
  • A coin toss will determine opening possession
  • In addition to the traditional two-minute warnings in the 2nd and 4th quarter, a two-minute warning will be added to the 1st and 3rd quarter
  • Possession will change hands after each quarter
  • Defenses are now allowed to play Cover 2 and press coverage
  • Two-minute warning clock changes: the clock will stop if the offense doesn’t gain at least one yard
  • The clock will also start after an incomplete pass with a signal from the game referee except during the two-minute warnings and the final five minutes
  • The game will change to a 35-second/25-second play clock and will discard the traditional 40-second/25-second clock
  • The game clock will not stop if the quarterback gets sacked. Only during the final two minutes.

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