2011 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl Facts and Figures

The 41st AFC-NFC Pro Bowl will be played in Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 7 pm ET (2 pm local time) on FOX (TV) and Westwood One (radio).

Here are the facts and figures, including the special playing rules in effect for the game between the AFC All-Stars and the NFC All-Stars.

COACHING STAFFS: The coaching staffs will be from the team in each conference with the best regular-season record that is eliminated in the Divisional round of the AFC (New England) and NFC (Atlanta) playoffs. If both losing teams from a conference have the same regular-season record, the coaching staff of the team with the higher seed will be selected.

PARTICIPANTS: Forty-three man All-Star teams of the American Football Conference and the National Football Conference.

NAME OF GAME: NFL Pro Bowl from 1938-1942 and 1951-1970; AFC-NFC Pro Bowl 1971-present. AFL All-Star Game also played from 1962-1970.

SITE: Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii

CAPACITY: 50,025

DATE: Sunday, January 30, 2011

STARTING TIME: 2:00 P.M. Local Time (7:00 P.M. ET)

HOME TEAM: NFC

TELEVISION: Nationally by FOX

RADIO: Nationally by Westwood One

PLAYER SHARES: $45,000 to each member of the winning team; $22,500 to each member of the losing team. More than $2 million will be distributed to players and coaches of the competing teams.

DIGEST OF PLAYING RULES: The game is played under regulation NFL rules with the following exceptions:

(1) On offense, no motion or shifting will be used. The offense must have a tight end in all formations and can’t have 3 receivers on a side. However, the tight end can be flexed off the line of scrimmage. Intentional grounding will not be called when a quarterback throws the football forward toward the line of scrimmage in an effort to save a loss of yardage. Also, a quarterback can stop the clock deliberately to save time, if, upon receiving the snap from center, he begins a continuous motion and throws the ball forward in the direction of the line of scrimmage.

(2) A standard 4-3 defense with even spacing (no gap) must be used. Line slants are permissible, but there will be no other pass rush tactics. All linebackers must line up in a two-point stance, except in goal-line or short-yardage situations when outside linebackers can be in a three-point stance.

(3) Pass coverage: (a) Man-for-man with a free safety will be used with no bump and run (except when the ball is inside the opponent’s 5-yard line); (b) A three-deep zone with a strong safety rotation only; (c) In a balanced formation, the rotation of the zone can be to either side; (d) 5 or 6 defensive backs are prohibited in all defenses; (e) Blitzing by both outside linebackers from the outside is permissible only in short-yardage situations (third and 2, fourth and 1, etc.) and in goal-line situations (any down inside the 5-yard line).

(4) Kicking game: (a) May rush 6 players on a punt block, 3 on each side; (b) may rush 7 players on field goal or conversion blocks (nose tackle and 3 on each side).

(5) No side agreements by the coaches are permitted.

(6) Violations will be reviewed and disciplinary action taken at the discretion of the Commissioner.

SUDDEN DEATH: If the score is tied at the end of regulation play, the team scoring first during overtime play shall be the winner. The game is automatically ended upon any score, (safety, field goal, or touchdown).

SELECTION OF SQUADS: Participants were chosen in voting by the fans plus the head coach and players on each club. Coaches and players vote only for players in their conference and cannot vote for players on their team. The players’ vote from each team is a consensus of the entire team, giving each club two equal votes — the head coach’s and the players. The consensus ballot of players, coaches, and fans each count one-third in determining the Pro Bowl squads. The selected players with the most votes at their positions are the designated starters.

The following positions make up the 43-man roster for each conference: 4 wide receivers; 2 tight ends; 3 offensive tackles; 3 guards; 2 centers; 3 quarterbacks; 3 running backs; 1 fullback; 3 defensive ends; 3 interior linemen; 3 outside linebackers; 2 inside linebackers; 3 cornerbacks; 3 safeties; 1 punter; 1 kicker; 1 kick return specialist; 1 special teamer; and 1 need player to be chosen by the head coach.

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