Pro Bowl 2019: TV Schedule and Live Stream for AFC vs. NFC One week before Super Bowl LIII, some of the top players from the NFL will face off in the Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Sunday afternoon.
Players from the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams won’t be participating, as they prepare for the Super Bowl. But some of the NFL’s top stars will be playing.
The NFC is A Lot Better Than the AFC. For the majority of NFL history, the AFC has been the NFL’s superior conference. Since 2011, the NFC has had a winning record against the AFC in 4 of the 6 seasons and the NFC will have a winning record again this season, but that’s only half the story.
After experimenting with a format that featured team captains and a draft, the Pro Bowl returned to an AFC vs. NFC matchup in 2017. This will be the third straight year that features a battle of the two conferences, as well as the third straight Pro Bowl to be played in Orlando.
Both the AFC and NFC were formed as a result of the merger of the two rival leagues. The basic difference between AFC and NFC is that AFC still represents the clubs and teams which were the part of AFL before 1970 whereas NFC contains clubs and teams that were the part of NFL from the beginning.
The AFC has won each of the past two years, taking the lead in the all-time series, 23-22. Below is a look at this year’s Pro Bowl ahead of Sunday’s game. Each team will also play all the teams in another regional league in the same conference (AFC or NFC).
2019 Pro Bowl Information
Date: Sunday, Jan. 27
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Watch ESPN and FuboTV
NFC Looks to End Pro Bowl Drought
The NFC hasn’t won the Pro Bowl since 2013, the final year before the format changed from 2014-16. In the past two years, the AFC has pulled out close victories. It won 20-13 in 2017, before winning 24-23 last year.
The AFC notched a victory last year after Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr connected with Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker for a go-ahead 18-yard touchdown pass with 1:31 to go in the fourth quarter. Walker won Offensive MVP, while Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller won Defensive MVP.
Both conferences were created as part of the 1970 merger with the rival American Football League (AFL), with all ten of the former AFL teams and three NFL teams forming the AFC, and the remaining thirteen NFL clubs forming the NFC.
The Pittsburgh Steelers led the AFC with eight selections, although wide receiver Antonio Brown won’t be participating. The Steelers have four starters—running back James Conner, tackle Alejandro Villanueva, guard David DeCastro and center Maurkice Pouncey.
Including alternates, the NFC has three teams that each had eight Pro Bowl selections—the Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints.
AFC East Cowboys
AFC North Bears
AFC South Saints
AFC West Rams
All 32 NFL teams were represented with at least one Pro Bowl selection.
Although the NFC hasn’t won a Pro Bowl in six years—partially due to the brief change in the game’s format—some of the conference’s players have had strong performances. In 2016, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson led Team Irvin to victory, passing for 164 yards and three touchdowns while winning Offensive MVP.
Wilson is one of three active quarterbacks who will be playing for the NFC this year, along with Mitchell Trubisky of the Chicago Bears and Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys.
The 2 teams with the best records in each conference do not play in the Wild Card Round and have an automatic spot in the Divisional Round. Finally, the team that wins in the AFC and the team that wins in the NFC will advance to the Super Bowl. With a win, the NFC would even the all-time series against the AFC in the Pro Bowl.
Some players backed out of this year’s Pro Bowl due to injury, while those from the Patriots and Rams won’t be participating as they prepare for the Super Bowl.