NFL Pro Bowl Skills Showdown: A Look at Rules, Scoring, and More for 2024’s All-Star Games

The Super Bowl is just around the corner, but the Pro Bowl is here first. How will the 2024 edition of the event work in terms of rules, scoring, and more?

The 2023 NFL season is almost over, with just one major game remaining. The San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs will face off in Super Bowl LVIII in Las Vegas. However, the Pro Bowl comes first.

The 2024 edition of the Pro Bowl plays out on two days: Thursday, Feb. 1, and Sunday, Feb. 4. Before things take off, here’s a look at everything you need to know.

What Are the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown Details?

This year will be the second installment of the NFL Pro Bowl Games, with the event moving away from a full-contact game to a series of skill challenges and multiple flag football games.

There will be nine skills challenges in 2024 on top of three flag football games. All wins will result in points, meaning the conference with the most points wins the entire event.

Here are the guidelines, rules, and scoring for each skill competition.

Dodgeball

Dodgeball is nothing new to the Pro Bowl, but it is one of the most popular events. Each conference will have two teams, offense and defense. The AFC offense will face the NFC defense, while the NFC offense will face the AFC defense. The two remaining teams will then battle it out for the overall win.

This year’s game is a bit different, as in 2023, the AFC offense would face the AFC defense to start, and the same would be true for the NFC side. The winner will receive three points for their conference.

Tug-of-War

The first new addition this year is tug-of-war. Five players from each conference will line up on opposite sides, with the winning team out-pulling the other team. The event will be a best-of-three style format, with the winner claiming three points for their conference.

High Stakes

In 2024, the High Stakes event is a replacement for 2023’s lightning-round competition. The event is a pared-down version focusing on catching punts.

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Each conference will have a player, likely a receiver or return specialist, who attempts to catch punts from a JUGS machine. The goal is to catch one ball after another without dropping any. The player to catch the most without dropping wins three points for their conference.

Closest to the Pin

This event is the first of multiple pre-recorded games. The 2023 games featured “longest drive,” which is the event being replaced by this one. The goal is for players to hit a golf ball as close to the designated hole as possible.

The rules are expected to mirror the final round of “The Match,” which featured Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce.

Precision Passing

This, similar to dodgeball, is another game that isn’t new to anyone. Each conference will see their three quarterbacks battle it out with accuracy. Each quarterback will attempt to hit a variety of 10 targets in one minute.

The targets will feature different point values from one to five for different levels of difficulty. Additionally, some targets will be stationary, and some will be moving. The conference with the highest cumulative score will earn three points.

Best Catch

The next prerecorded event is the best catch. In landmarks around the city of Orlando, one player from each conference will attempt to show off creativity, inventiveness, and talent in the form of a catch.

Fans will vote online to determine their favorite catch, with the player receiving the most votes earning their conference three points.

Gridiron Gauntlet

Another game returning from 2023 to 2024 is the Gridiron Gauntlet. With no position specifics, each conference will have six players participating. The players will partake in a full-field relay race with challenging obstacles in the way.

Obstacles will include breaking through walls, crawling under doors, pushing a sled, and much more. The winning conference will earn three points.

Kick-Tac-Toe

The final prerecorded event involves the kicker positions. Each conference’s kicker will compete in a giant tic-tac-toe game, where they must complete a connecting line of three squares. Additionally, a kicker can hit five squares total to win.

The winning kicker will earn three points for their conference.

Move the Chains

The final major competition is for the offensive and defensive linemen. Five linemen from each conference will compete in a strength challenge, attempting to move thousands of pounds in weight as fast as possible. The winning side will earn three points.

Snap Shots and Madden NFL Head-to-Head

In addition to the nine other skill challenges, there will also be two more. Snap Shots is a new addition in 2024, allowing long snappers and centers to show off by snapping balls at targets of different sizes and point values.

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The NFL Madden Head-to-Head will be the fourth installment of the event. Two players from each conference will face off in Madden 24 using the official 2024 Pro Bowl Games rosters. The winning team will earn three points for their conference.

What Are the Pro Bowl Rosters?

AFC Pro Bowl Roster

Head Coach: Peyton Manning

  • C.J. Stroud, QB, Houston Texans
  • Gardner Minshew, QB, Indianapolis Colts
  • Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Miami Dolphins
  • James Cook, RB, Buffalo Bills
  • Raheem Mostert, RB, Miami Dolphins
  • Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
  • Stefon Diggs, WR, Buffalo Bills
  • Ja’Marr Chase, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
  • Tyreek Hill, WR, Miami Dolphins
  • David Njoku, TE, Cleveland Browns
  • Evan Engram, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Dion Dawkins, OT, Buffalo Bills
  • Laremy Tunsil, OT, Houston Texans
  • Terron Armstead, OT, Miami Dolphins
  • Wyatt Teller, G, Cleveland Browns
  • Quenton Nelson, G, Indianapolis Colts
  • Kevin Zeitler, G, Baltimore Ravens
  • Tyler Linderbaum, C, Baltimore Ravens
  • Ryan Kelly, C, Indianapolis Colts

  • Trey Hendrickson, DE, Cincinnati Bengals
  • Myles Garrett, DE, Cleveland Browns
  • Will Anderson Jr., DE, Houston Texans
  • Justin Madubuike, DT, Baltimore Ravens
  • Quinnen Williams, DT, New York Jets
  • DeForest Buckner, DT, Indianapolis Colts
  • Patrick Queen, LB, Baltimore Ravens
  • Roquan Smith, LB, Baltimore Ravens
  • Josh Allen, LB, Jacksonville Jaguars 
  • Jermaine Johnson, LB, New York Jets
  • Denzel Ward, CB, Cleveland Browns
  • Patrick Surtain II, CB, Denver Broncos
  • Jalen Ramsey, CB, Miami Dolphins
  • Sauce Gardner, CB, New York Jets
  • Kyle Hamilton, S, Baltimore Ravens
  • Justin Simmons, S, Denver Broncos
  • Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Pittsburgh Steelers 
  • Justin Tucker, K, Baltimore Ravens
  • AJ Cole, P, Las Vegas Raiders
  • Marvin Mims, RS, Denver Broncos
  • Miles Killebrew, ST, Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Ross Matiscik, LS, Jacksonville Jaguars
  • Alec Ingold, FB, Miami Dolphins

NFC Pro Bowl Roster

Head Coach: Eli Manning

  • Jalen Hurts, QB, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Geno Smith, QB, Seattle Seahawks
  • Baker Mayfield, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Detroit Lions
  • Kyren Williams, RB, Los Angeles Rams
  • D’Andre Swift, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
  • CeeDee Lamb, WR, Dallas Cowboys
  • Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions
  • Puka Nacua, WR, Los Angeles Rams
  • DK Metcalf, WR, Seattle Seahawks
  • Jake Ferguson, TE, Dallas Cowboys 
  • Sam LaPorta, TE, Detroit Lions
  • Penei Sewell, OT, Detroit Lions
  • Lane Johnson, OT, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Tristin Wirfs, OT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
  • Chris Lindstrom, G, Atlanta Falcons
  • Tyler Smith, G, Dallas Cowboys
  • Landon Dickerson, G, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Landon Dickerson, C, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Frank Ragnow, C, Detroit Lions
  • Jason Kelce, C, Philadelphia Eagles

  • Montez Sweat, DE, Chicago Bears
  • DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, Dallas Cowboys
  • Aidan Hutchinson, DE, Detroit Lions
  •  Derrick Brown, DT, Carolina Panthers
  • Kenny Clark, DT, Green Bay Packers
  • Dexter Lawrence, DT, New York Giants
  • Micah Parsons, LB, Dallas Cowboys
  • Danielle Hunter, LB, Minnesota Vikings
  • Demario Davis, LB, New Orleans Saints
  • Haason Reddick, LB, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Bobby Wagner, LB, Seattle Seahawks
  • Jaylon Johnson, CB, Chicago Bears
  • DaRon Bland, CB, Dallas Cowboys
  • Darius Slay, CB, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Devon Witherspoon, CB, Seattle Seahawks
  • Budda Baker, S, Arizona Cardinals
  • Jessie Bates, S, Atlanta Falcons
  • Julian Love, S, Seattle Seahawks
  • Brandon Aubrey, K, Dallas Cowboys
  • Bryan Anger, P, Dallas Cowboys
  • Rashid Shaheed, RS, New Orleans Saints
  • Nick Bellore, ST, Seattle Seahawks
  • Andrew DePaola, LS, Minnesota Vikings
  • CJ Ham, FB, Minnesota Vikings

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