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How Did the Chargers Fare in the Pro Bowl?
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Six total Chargers were named to the Pro Bowl, and on Sunday, four took the field at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.
Keenan Allen and Melvin Ingram got the starts on offense and defense respectively, while Casey Hayward entered on the AFC defense’s second series. Russell Okung saw his first game action in the second quarter. Together, they helped the AFC storm back from a 20-3 halftime deficit to win 24-23.
In the first quarter, Keenan Allen had a 12-yard reception on third down to move the chains. The play kept the drive alive as the AFC eventually kicked a field goal to get on the board. Allen led all receivers in targets in the first half (five), while notching two receptions for 18 yards.
Melvin Ingram opened the second quarter in rousing fashion as he sacked New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees on the first play for a loss of 13. He finished the first half with two tackles, one sack, one quarterback hit and one tackle for loss.
Unfortunately, two costly interceptions and a fumble by the AFC put the team down 20-3 at halftime.
Casey Hayward helped the AFC make it a one score game in the third quarter when he picked off Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. He then lateraled the ball to Miami Dolphins’ safety Reshad Jones who then pitched it back to Jacksonville Jaguars’ cornerback Jalen Ramsey. The play eventually led to an AFC touchdown, cutting the NFC’s lead to 20-17.
After the pick, some of Hayward’s teammates took to Twitter to congratulate him:
The game ended in dramatic fashion when the AFC went on a seven play, 47-yard drive for the game-winning score as Derek Carr found Delanie Walker in the end zone with 1:39 remaining.
As for the Bolts, on offense, Allen finished with those two catches for 18 yards while Okung led the way for LeSean McCoy's third quarter touchdown. On defense, Hayward had two tackles and one interception while Ingram had four tackles, one sack, a tackle for loss and QB hit.