Pro Bowl: Eli Manning thoroughly enjoys besting his brother Peyton in NFC triumph

It may be flag football with relatively low stakes attached. But a win is a win anytime you beat your brother.

Eli Manning's NFC squad edged Peyton Manning's AFC team on the last play of Sunday's Pro Bowl flag football game, prompting a victorious Eli to take the field in celebration with his arms outstretched over his head. Peyton, meanwhile, dropped to all fours in disappointment when the outcome was secured.

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The game came down to a fourth-down pass play in the red zone by the AFC with the NFC leading 64-59 and 10 seconds remaining in regulation. Houston Texans quarterback C.J. Stroud looked to Los Angeles Chargers receiver Keenan Allen in the end zone. But the pass fell incomplete with Chicago Bears cornerback Jaylon Johnson in tight coverage.

Thus concluded the latest version of the NFL's Pro Bowl, which now consists of flag football and various games and skills competitions in lieu of the traditional iteration that consisted of tackle football and occasionally violent plays like this:

The Pro Bowl is now a relatively collision- and violence-free affair in the name of player safety. And it brought about a high-scoring outcome on Sunday with the NFC coming out on top for a second consecutive year.

The game was played on a 50-yard field and provided a showcase for speed. Tua Tagovailoa found Miami Dolphins teammate Tyreek Hill early on a touchdown that would have been good on a 100-yard field.

There was some defense, but not much. Baltimore Ravens safety Kyle Hamilton intercepted Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Baker Mayfield in the fourth quarter for a turnover that set up the AFC for its shot at a late comeback.

Alas, it wasn't enough to secure an AFC victory. Mayfield won offensive MVP honors while New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis won defensive MVP.

Sunday's players weren't playing for nothing. All Pro Bowl participants reportedly receive a minimum $44,000 check in addition to whatever contract bonuses they might earn. The winning team's share is reportedly double that at $88,000. So that last pass breakup was worth a nice chunk of change for the NFC.

The win was the second straight for Eli over Peyton in their respective roles as Pro Bowl coaches. Maybe Peyton can pull one out next year.