GLENDALE, Ariz. – J.J. Watt danced, Jimmy Graham dunked, Odell Beckham Jr. dazzled.
The Pro Bowl in the desert was all about having a good time.
Few moved very fast, no one flattened a quarterback and there were no bone-jarring hits in the gentle, friendly version of football played Sunday.
Even in a game dominated by offense, Watt was the star.
The Texans defensive end intercepted pass, recovered a fumble and led the crowd in dances during commercial breaks.
Team Irvin defeated 32-28 Watt's Team Carter, but the score doesn't matter in the NFL's all-star game. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, no one more so than Watt, moving to the music while the cheerleaders danced.
"I just tried to enjoy it," he said. "That's what the Pro Bowl is all about, giving the fans a good show. Everybody worked so hard to get here, you want to enjoy yourself and play some good ball. Guys are dancing around and having a good time, that's what it's all about."
In its one year out of Hawaii, the game drew a sellout crowd of 63,225.
Memorable moments came from Graham, the Saints' tight end who dunked over the crossbar twice after TD catches — this time with no penalty — and Giants rookie Beckham, who made a diving grab at midfield.
Graham's second score, on a 1-yard, fourth-down pass from Matt Ryan, was the winning TD with 3:10 to play.
Greg Olsen and Emmanuel Sanders also caught a pair of touchdown passes apiece. Andrew Luck was nearly perfect in his short time on the field, completing nine of 10 passes for 119 yards and two scores. Matthew Stafford passed for 316 yards and two TDs and was the offensive MVP.
The Pro Bowl took a one-year hiatus from Hawaii to be played in the desert a week before the Super Bowl. The big crowd watched the teams move up and down the field, often without much resistance.
"You don't have hardly any time to get timing down or anything else," New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees said. "So much of what you're doing out there is street ball.''
If the players missed the beach, they wouldn't let on.
"It's been fantastic," Dallas quarterback Tony Romo said.
The difference between Hawaii and Arizona?
"More fans," Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson said. "I believe it gives the fans an opportunity — it's a little bit more inexpensive trip versus going across the water. So I think it's definitely getting more fans engaged in the game."
The NFL scrapped the AFC vs. NFC format last year in favor of having two big-name former players draft players. This year, the honor went to Michael Irvin and former Viking Cris Carter.