The 2019 Pro Bowl is in the books. Although Kyle Juszczyk, DeForest Buckner, George Kittle and the rest of the NFC squad came up short against the AFC, there were still several noteworthy moments throughout an action-packed week. Here's a recap of all festivities in Orlando.
The first Pro Bowl practice was on Wednesday morning at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The NFL held two separate sessions for AFC and NFC players that were both open to the public. In addition to open practices, the 2019 Pro Bowl Experience at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex offered free, interactive fan zones with fun activities for the whole family.
Following the first of three practices, the NFL held its Pro Bowl Skills Challenge, a five-event contest between the AFC and the NFC. Kittle appeared in the contest’s main event, a six-on-six dodgeball tournament. Through four events, the NFC trailed 3-1. However, dodgeball was worth three points and served as the deciding event. Kittle showcased his school-yard skills and helped the NFC prevail in dodgeball to steal the Skills Challenge title.
Due to inclement weather conditions, the NFC team practice moved indoors to the Visa Athletic Center at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The post-practice fun continued with fan autograph sessions and interviews with Buckner.
An NFC team photo kicked off Day 3. The team's running backs managed to get a group photo of their own.
The photoshoot was followed by the final practice ahead of Sunday’s game. Kittle wore a camera on his head to give fans a unique perspective of his touchdown catch during practice.
The 49ers wrapped up practice with a meet and greet with TAPS (tragedy assistance programs for survivors) military families.
Buckner and his family spent Friday afternoon at Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Stay tuned to 49ers.com for an exclusive look at Buckner's trip to Disney World.
On Saturday, the 49ers participated in the Pro Bowl Community day with TAPS military families. Kittle and Buckner helped build wooden American Flags with fans, representing fallen American soldiers. Meanwhile, Juszczyk and Russell Wilson played against each other in a flag football game in partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project.
Buckner gave a pregame pep talk with the Peninsula 49ers from the Bay Area at the NFL Flag Football Championships.
Sunday’s festivities kicked off with all of the Pro Bowlers showing off their fashion swag, walking in on a red carpet-esque entrance to get into Camping World Stadium. During the game itself, each player wore a decal on their helmet with the name of their respective high schools.
The NFC fell to the AFC squad, 26-7, in what was a rain-soaked contest. In his first Pro Bowl appearance, Kittle totaled a game-high five catches for 39 yards, the second most receiving yards on the NFC team behind Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams (41 yards).
Juszczyk saw one carry on a fourth-down rushing attempt, while Buckner totaled a tackle and two passes defended.