NASCAR: How did Bubba Wallace do in the NFL Pro Bowl?

Bubba Wallace, 23XI Racing, NASCAR
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The NFC squad won the virtual 2021 NFL Pro Bowl on Madden NFL 21, and NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace was a big part of it.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL made the decision to scrap the traditional Pro Bowl from the schedule several months ago.

That annual all-star game would have taken place yesterday afternoon between the stars of the AFC and the stars of the NFC, exactly one week before the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs are scheduled to square off against the NFC champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Instead, a virtual-style video game Pro Bowl was held. NFL and EA SPORTS Madden NFL turned the Pro Bowl into the Pro Bowl: The Madden NFL 21 Edition Presented by Verizon.

And NASCAR Cup Series driver Bubba Wallace, who is set to compete for the all-new 23XI Racing in the upcoming season, got to compete in it.

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Four individuals played for the AFC team while four played for the NFC team, with each playing for one quarter of the game. The AFC team featured Houston Texans Pro Bowl quarterback Deshaun Watson, Tennessee Titans Pro Bowl running back Derrick Henry, former NFL wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson and rapper Snoop Dogg.

The NFC team featured Arizona Cardinals Pro Bowl quarterback Kyler Murray, Seattle Seahawks Pro Bowl strong safety Jamal Adams, former NFL running back Marshawn Lynch as well as Wallace, who is set to enter his fourth season of full-time Cup Series competition this year.

Wallace’s team came out on top.

Their 26-6 halftime lead, built up thanks to second quarter touchdowns from Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf and Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook — three players on the official Pro Bowl roster — was too much to overcome, and the NFC came away with the 32-12 victory.

It was Wallace who scored these three touchdowns in the second quarter against Johnson.

The members of the AFC team were shocked when Wallace hustled Johnson, claiming his skills were not up to par with Johnson’s, before dominating the second quarter and ultimately setting the tone. The team’s other two touchdowns were scored by Cook and Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson.

While this hardly counts as a legitimate “Pro Bowl” victory, the NFC hadn’t won the annual game since the 2012 season. In real life, the AFC is currently riding a four-game winning streak after the ridiculous Pro Bowl draft format was abandoned following three years from 2013 to 2015.

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As for Wallace’s real job, the 2021 season is scheduled to kick off on Sunday, February 14 with the 63rd annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway. Single-car qualifying is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 10, followed by the Bluegreen Vacations Duels to set the starting lineup on Thursday, February 11.