The NFL's annual Pro Bowl game takes place this Sunday in Glendale, Arizona.
The 2015 Pro Bowl will be played this Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona - the same site as Super Bowl XLIX a week later.
Last year's Pro Bowl was the first time the NFL's annual all-star game was "unconferenced" - meaning the teams were no longer restricted to AFC and NFC players playing with members from their respective conferences. The squads in 2014 were selected by honorary coaches Deion Sanders and Jerry Rice. The teams were once again picked by Hall of Famers this time around, with Cris Carter and Michael Irvin making the selections.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck and and Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo were drafted 1-2 by Carter and Irvin on Wednesday.
2015 Pro Bowl
When: Sunday January 25
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona.
Coaches: Team Carter: John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens; Team Irvin: Jason Garrett, Cowboys
Team captains: Team Carter: JJ Watt, DE, Houston Texans; Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers; Team Irvin: DeMarco Murray, RB, Cowboys, and Joe Haden, CB, Cleveland Browns
What to watch for: While the NFL's biggest stars get the starting nod, it's usually a reserve player who takes home game MVP honors because the non-starters tend to play more. Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford, who was a late addition when Peyton Manning pulled out of the game because of a quad injury, is one player who could win the MVP award. Other possible MVP candidates could be New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Green Bay Packers receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and Ravens running back Justin Forsett.
The game has several replacements because of injuries and because Super Bowl participants cannot play a week ahead of the NFL's annual showpiece. Five members of the New England Patriots and five Seattle Seahawks players were therefore replaced on the Pro Bowl roster. In total, there are 24 replacement players for Sunday's game. The most notable players who withdrew due to injury, meanwhile, include Manning, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant.
The game will also feature a couple of rule tweaks. The coaching staffs will be given an extra timeout in each half and the goal posts will be narrowed from 18 feet to a 14-foot width. The NFL also added an extra player to each roster, bringing the number of players to 44.
Several rookies made the Pro Bowl roster. Three were originally selected - Cowboys guard Zack Martin, St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald and Ravens linebacker CJ Mosley. New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr was also later added. New York Jets defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson and Cowboys center Travis Frederick were selected to the game for the first time in their second NFL seasons. Chicago Bears guard Kyle Long made the Pro Bowl for the second time in his two-year career.