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Brandon Williams, Ravens Defenders Stand Out in AFC's Dominant Pro Bowl


Brandon Williams loved everything about his first Pro Bowl, including playing in the rain.

During a Pro Bowl where defense really was played, the Ravens' defensive tackle stood out early, helping the AFC to a 26-7 victory over the NFC.

Ravens defensive teammates inside linebacker C.J. Mosley and safety Eric Weddle were also part of an AFC defensive unit that held the NFC scoreless until the fourth quarter, threatening to pitch the first shutout in Pro Bowl history. It capped a dominant defensive season for the Ravens defense, which finished atop the league, and its star players.

Right guard Marshal Yanda also helped the AFC prevail and take home the winners' purse.

But nobody seemed more excited to be in Orlando than Williams, playing in his first Pro Bowl after six seasons in the NFL.

Williams stopped the NFC on its opening drive with one of his signature run-stuffing plays. On fourth-and-2 from the AFC's 4-yard line, Williams and Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Dee Ford combined to stop former Ravens fullback Kyle Juszczyk (San Francisco 49ers) for no gain, ending the drive.

On the NFC's next possession, Williams barged into the backfield and wrapped up New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara for a 2-yard loss.

Williams' enthusiasm showed all week and it carried into the game. By the fourth quarter, some defensive players on both teams were having fun taking snaps on offense. Maybe the next time Williams goes to the Pro Bowl, he will lobby for snaps at tight end or running back. Williams clearly had a blast during his first Pro Bowl trip, leaving with plenty of great memories and a victory.

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