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Pro Bowl Going Back to AFC Vs. NFC Format

The AFC-vs.-NFC format hasn't been used in the Pro Bowl since 2012

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    The Pro Bowl is not only moving, but returning to the familiar AFC-Vs.-NFC format, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced in a statement on Wednesday.

    The 2016 game will be held in Orlando, FL, and feature players from the AFC going up against players from the NFC, as it always was until 2012.

    In 2012, in what we now know to be an ill-fated attempt at drawing more interest in the game, the league began a fantasy draft of sorts, where NFL legends would select from a pool of Pro Bowlers no matter their conference.

    This format gave us last year’s 49-27 Team Irvin win over Team Rice, a non-competitive contest that was enough for Goodell to say the selection process would likely change in his State of the League address prior to the Super Bowl back in February.

    "I think our biggest standard has to be what we expect from the NFL and what our fans expect from the NFL," Goodell said. "If it's not quality, it's not a real competition that we can be proud of, we have to do something different. That's my number one priority right now. I'm open to new ideas, I'm open to how we do it, but it's not the kind of game that I think we want to continue to have in its current format, based on what we saw last week."