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How the Panthers performed in the Pro Bowl


Linebacker Thomas Davis, tight end Greg Olsen, fullback Mike Tolbert and guard Trai Turner banded with 39 other elite players from the NFC for the 2017 Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, but fell to the AFC 20-13 on Sunday night.

If MVP stood for "Most Valuable Panther," Davis would have easily won the award. Not only did he serve as a captain for the NFC in his first Pro Bowl game, but he earned the start as well. He proved why he deserved the honor with six tackles – second most on the team – including one stop behind the line of scrimmage and another on third down to prevent Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders from reaching the marker.

Turner helped the NFC offensive line clear a path for the four running backs to earn a combined 45 rushing yards while allowing only two sacks. By comparison, AFC rushers earned only 34 yards on the ground and the quarterbacks were sacked seven times.

Olsen, playing in his second career Pro Bowl, finished the game with two receptions for 26 yards on eight targets.

The fullback position was used sparingly in the NFC offense, but that didn't stop Tolbert from making an impact. Although he accounted for only eight total yards, Tolbert was able to convert one first down in the game. That drive got within four yards of the goal line, but it did not result in points as Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw an interception to Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore in the back of the end zone.

Carolina had five players selected to the Pro Bowl this season, but linebacker Luke Kuechly did not attend the event after missing the final six games of the 2016 season.

View the top photos of Panthers players in the Pro Bowl by team photographer Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez.

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