ORLANDO, Fla. –** Six Titans took part Sunday’s Pro Bowl here at Camping World Stadium.
The AFC beat the NFC 24-23 in the contest, as Titans tight end Delanie Walker caught the game-winning touchdown in the closing minutes. Moments after the game, Walker was named the game's offensive MVP.
Here’s a look at how the Titans did:
Tight end Delanie Walker
Another Pro Bowl, another touchdown for Walker.
Make that two touchdown catches.
And this time, Walker left with an MVP trophy.
“It’s special,” Walker said. “It feels good to have all these people here who care about me, and support me. And it always feels good to represent the Titans organization. To get this done and honor the Titans, I’m very happy.”
Walker, in his third Pro Bowl, was one of the AFC’s captains at the coin toss.
And once again, he caught a touchdown pass in the NFL’s all-star game – a four-yard TD thrown by Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. Walker also caught a touchdown pass from Smith, his former teammate with the 49ers, in last year’s Pro Bowl.
But Walker wasn’t done yet. Walker caught the game-winning touchdown pass from Raiders quarterback Derek Carr with 1:31 left in the contest. Walker caught the ball across the middle of the field, and scored on the 18-yard TD.
Walker now has four touchdown catches in his three Pro Bowl appearances.
Walker earlier caught a four-yard pass from Smith, and he was targeted by Smith on a pass that was intercepted in the end zone by Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson.
Walker finished the day with four catches for 29 yards.
Defensive lineman Jurrell Casey
Casey, playing in this third Pro Bowl, was active early.
Casey started the game, and he had two tackles on Rams running back Todd Gurley on the game’s opening drive.
Casey also provided pressure on Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, forcing him to throw the ball away in the first half. Casey went after Wilson full speed on the play.
Casey was initially credited with a fumble recovery on a fumble forced by teammate Kevin Byard (more on that to come), but after a review, it was ruled an incomplete pass.
Casey finished the day with four tackles, including two solo stops.
Safety Kevin Byard
Playing in his first Pro Bowl, Byard enjoyed the moment.
When he took the stage with his Titans teammates before the game, Byard took a selfie on the stage with his camera phone.
“This is all about soaking up the experience,” Byard said. “This has been great for me and my family. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”
Then Byard, who led the NFL with 10 takeways, got noticed with his play on the field.
Byard appeared to force a fumble when he hit Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph after he made a catch in the middle of the field. When Casey jumped on the loose ball, it looked like a turnover with a Titans flavor.
But after review, it was ruled Rudolph never had possession of the ball, and an incomplete pass.
“That took our stats away,” Byard said. “But I feel like I made the most of my opportunities.”
Byard took out his frustration on another Viking – he delivered a big hit on Vikings receiver Adam Thielen, breaking up a pass at the 5-yard line.
Byard was credited with four tackles, and two passes defensed.
Tackle Taylor Lewan
Lewan, appearing in his second straight Pro Bowl, was a starter for the AFC.
Lewan worked at both left and right tackle, and he was solid in protection – in more ways than one.
“It is such a great experience,” Lewan said after the game. “This whole entire week is unbelievable, and this is a treat in itself. To have the family be able to come out and watch you play, it is a cool deal.”
Lewan came to the defense of AFC teammate Jack Doyle of the Colts after he was hit hard by Vikings defensive tackle Linval Joseph after making a catch. Lewan approached Joseph and gave him a “C’mon Man!’ look.
Lewan was also the first player on hand to celebrate with Walker after his touchdown catch.
Punter Brett Kern
Kern, making his first Pro Bowl appearances, was booming punts in warm-ups. He even tried out a few of his knuckleball punts.
But Kern didn’t punt the ball in the game.
The AFC twice went for it on fourth down, instead of punting.
Kern held for kicker Chris Boswell’s 41-yard field goal, and he also held for three extra points.
During the game, Kern took a selfie from the field with AFC quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger, Alex Smith and Derek Carr in the background. Yeah, he was having a big time.
Special teamer Brynden Trawick
Trawick, who led the Titans in special teams tackles in 2017, wasn’t as busy as he usually is on Sundays -- at least on special teams.
With no kickoffs in the Pro Bowl -- and with the AFC not punting on this day -- he didn’t line up on the coverage teams after making the team as the AFC’s special teams player.
But Trawick did play a lot in the defense, at one point lining up alongside Byard and Casey in the defense. Trawick was credited with a tackle on Seahawks Doug Baldwin after a 10-yard catch across the middle.
Trawick also lined up on the field goal block unit when the NFC kicked field goals.
He was surrounded by family and friends outside the AFC locker room after the contest.