Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor picked a good time to have a bad game.
Taylor threw three interceptions Sunday in his first Pro Bowl appearance. That's half as many as he threw all season with the Buffalo Bills.
The good news? Nobody cares – including the players. The game of two-hand touch that is the NFL's all-star showcase ended with a 49-27 victory for the team captained by Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Irvin. The losing team, which was captained by fellow Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, included Taylor, along with a pair of his offensive linemen in center Eric Wood and left guard Richie Incognito.
Taylor entered the game, which was held at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, in the third quarter. He overthrew his intended receiver on his second pass of the game, leading to an easy interception for Vikings safety Harrison Smith. On his next play, Taylor threw deep down the left sideline intended for Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr., but the ball was picked off by his Giants teammate, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
Taylor did bounce back to throw a beautiful, 31-yard touchdown pass to Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry in the fourth quarter. Team Rice got the ball back after a fumble recovery by Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack, the University at Buffalo product, but Taylor was picked off again on the first play after Mack's fumble recovery. His pass over the middle got deflected and 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman was there for the interception.
Taylor finished the game 8 of 14 for 120 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions for a quarterback rating of 69.6. He didn't have a rating of less than 70 in any of his 14 games with the Bills during the 2015 season.
The good news is Taylor doesn't have to worry about making Pro Bowl history. St. Louis Cardinals quarterback Jim Hart threw five interceptions(!) in the 1977 game played in Seattle, Wash.