After 10 long years, it was punter Sam Koch’s first Pro Bowl. So he blew it out.
Koch paid for nearly all of the 21 family members who flew out to Hawaii for the week.
Thus, count Koch especially tickled that his squad, Team Irvin, defeated Team Rice, 49-27, in Sunday’s Pro Bowl from Aloha Stadium.
The difference in bonuses between the Pro Bowl winners and losers is $29,000. The winners get $58,000.
“It’s huge,” Koch said. “This trip is not cheap.”
Koch was joined in the winner’s circle by teammate Marshal Yanda, who blocked for a whopping amount of offense with 49 points and 503 total yards. Yanda played a lot of snaps as part of an AFC North-heavy offensive line.
It’s Yanda’s second straight Pro Bowl victory after two straight defeats. Overall, he’s 3-for-5.
“I’m just happy it went our way and happy for Sam Koch. I know he brought his whole family out,” Yanda said. “In these Pro Bowl games, if you’re on the winning side, it’s good to be us.”
Perhaps it’s fitting that Yanda and Koch were the Ravens’ winners. Outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil and long snapper Morgan Cox were later additions, and both ended up on Team Rice.
“I would have loved that bonus, but maybe Sam will spot me a few [bucks],” Cox said with a laugh. “It was strange [being on separate teams]. We hope that never happens again, to be honest with you.”
Yanda took a lot of snaps, but the Ravens reps didn’t get a whole lot of camera time.
Koch boomed just two punts. One was a knuckler that Seattle returner Tyler Lockett had a tough time fair catching just outside the 20-yard line. The other was returned for 24 yards.
Cox was part of two successful punt fakes and snapped well.
After logging two sacks in last year’s game, Dumervil didn’t get to the quarterback this time. He logged just one assisted tackle.
“I tried to keep it within the rules this year,” Dumervil said with a laugh. “This was a pleasure to come out with the best of the best. The fans were awesome. You see Ravens fans travel deep.”
There were 11 different players to score touchdowns in a low contact game.
Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett scored on a 57-yard run to cap the rout and had the game’s only sack, earning him defensive MVP honors. Teammate and quarterback Russell Wilson was the offensive MVP after completing 8 of 12 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns.