The Buffalo Bills are officially done for the 2017 season.
Running back LeSean McCoy and left guard Richie Incognito participated Sunday for the AFC team in the Pro Bowl, with their side earning a 24-23 win over the NFC at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.
By unofficial count of The Buffalo News, McCoy took 10 snaps, while Incognito was in for 33 of the AFC's 51 total offensive plays. McCoy carried three times for 7 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown run with 5:36 remaining in the third quarter. Color analyst Matt Hasselbeck joked about being disappointed in McCoy's touchdown celebration, saying he needed to have something special planned for the Pro Bowl.
"I'm going to have to give the edge to the NFC on touchdown celebrations," Hasselbeck said. "I expected something special for the Pro Bowl out of Shady McCoy."
"That's about the easiest run you're going to see all season long," ESPN analyst Damian Woody cracked on the postgame show after watching a replay of McCoy's run.
McCoy's rushing total actually led the AFC team in a game that saw his team attempt 39 passes and just 12 carries. While it's true that the intensity is dialed way down from a regular NFL game, it did pick up at the end.
The AFC team earned the win when Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (11 of 15, 115 yards) connected with Titans tight end Delani Walker for an 18-yard touchdown pass with 1:31 remaining and Steelers kicker Chris Boswell made the extra point. Walker was named the Offensive MVP after finishing with four catches for 29 yards and two touchdowns. Denver linebacker Von Miller sealed the AFC win when he recorded a strip sack of Rams quarterback Jared Goff and recovered the fumble with 37 seconds remaining. Miller was named the Defensive MVP.
What's the significance of that, you ask? Members of the winning AFC team earned $64,000 each, while those on the NFC squad received $32,000. That extra $32,000 is evidently enough to get even millionaires motivated.
The AFC team overcame a 20-3 halftime deficit and four turnovers to earn the win. Arizona's Patrick Peterson had two interceptions for the NFC team, while Minnesota's Harrison Smith returned another pick 79 yards for a touchdown that put his team up, 17-3, with 7:18 left in the second quarter.
Not surprisingly, the ABC broadcast team of Sean McDonough and Matt Hasselbeck did not mention Incognito during the game, as he continues to be the subject of an NFL investigation over accusations he made racist comments to Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue during their playoff game earlier this month. Incognito and Ngakoue reportedly cleared the air during the practice week leading up to Sunday's game.
Perhaps the most interesting development from the game happened before kickoff. During the ABC broadcast of the game, sideline analyst Louis Riddick mentioned that the Bills and Jaguars could be potential suitors for Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith should the Kansas City front office decide to move him. Smith, who has said he'd like to stay with the Chiefs, finished the game 7 of 10 for 131 yards, one touchdown and one interception.