The NFL Pro Bowl was called off this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the league got a little creative with its workaround. 

Instead of airing the traditional Pro Bowl, a virtual version of the game will be aired this weekend. Some current and former NFL players, along with celebrities, will be competing with Pro Bowl rosters in the “Madden NFL 21” video game.

“Even amidst unparalleled change across the sports industry, we are excited to transition many of the signature components of the Pro Bowl — which will go virtual in Madden NFL 21 — into a new innovative experience for our players and fans,” NFL executive vice president of club business and events Peter O’Reilly said in a statement.

MORE: Why is there no Pro Bowl this year?

So how exactly does this work? We’ll explain below what you can expect from the virtual Pro Bowl in 2021.

When is the 2021 NFL Pro Bowl?

The virtual NFL Pro Bowl will be held in place of the game on Sunday, Jan. 5. The replacement “Madden NFL 21” 

How to watch the 2021 NFL Pro Bowl

The 2021 NFL Pro Bowl will be available to watch in a number of ways. You can watch through the EA Madden NFL Twitch channel, embedded above, as well as the NFL’s YouTube, Twitter and Facebook platforms. The game will also be streamed on NFL Network.

In addition, streamers Ninja, FaZe Swagg, AustinShow and AMP will have the game available on their respective Twitch channels as a watch party.

Charissa Thompson and Michael Strahan will be hosting the event.

How is the Pro Bowl going to work this year?

The 2021 NFL Pro Bowl will be virtual, with eight players and celebrities competing against one another using the video game “Madden 21.” Four people will control the NFC while another four control the AFC, both being the full rosters as selected. Deshaun Watson and Kyler Murray have been named as “Team Leads” as they are each Pro Bowl players this season. The players will be playing the game from their homes, and will play one five-minute quarter of the game.

It was not announced which participants would be playing each quarter. It’s also not clear if the teams will get everyone involved like in a traditional Pro Bowl, or if it will pretty much just be the starters playing. EA Sports has a feature in its preseason for franchise mode that automatically subs in backups, so it’s certainly possible to apply that to the Pro Bowl.

AFC competitors

NFC competitors

AFC Pro Bowl roster

PositionPlayerTeam
QBPatrick MahomesChiefs
QBJosh AllenBills
QBDeshaun WatsonTexans
RBDerrick HenryTitans
RBNick ChubbBrowns
RBJosh JacobsRaiders
WRTyreek HillChiefs
WRStefon DiggsBills
WRKeenan AllenChargers
WRA.J. BrownTitans
TETravis KelceChiefs
TEDarren WallerRaiders
FBPatrick RicardRavens
TLaremy TunsilTexans
TEric FisherChiefs
TOrlando BrownRavens
GQuenton NelsonColts
GJoel BitonioBrowns
GDavid DeCastroSteelers
CMaurkice PounceySteelers
CRyan KellyColts
DEMyles GarrettBrowns
DEJoey BosaChargers
DEFrank ClarkChiefs
DTChris JonesChiefs
DTCameron HeywardSteelers
DTCalais CampbellRavens
OLBT.J. WattSteelers
OLBBradley ChubbBroncos
OLBMatt JudonRavens
ILBDarius LeonardColts
ILBTremaine EdmundsBills
CBXavien HowardDolphins
CBTre’Davious WhiteBills
CBMarlon HumphreyRavens
CBStephon GilmorePatriots
FSMinkah FitzpatrickSteelers
FSJustin SimmonsBroncos
SSTyrann MathieuChiefs
LSMorgan CoxRavens
PJake BaileyPatriots
KJustin TuckerRavens
RSAndre RobertsBills
STMatthew SlaterPatriots

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NFC Pro Bowl roster

PositionPlayerTeam
QBAaron RodgersPackers
QBRussell WilsonSeahawks
QBKyler MurrayCardinals
RBDalvin CookVikings
RBAlvin KamaraSaints
RBAaron JonesPackers
WRDavante AdamsPackers
WRDeAndre HopkinsCardinals
WRDK MetcalfSeahawks
WRJustin JeffersonVikings
TET.J. HockensonLions
TEEvan EngramGiants
FBKyle Juszczyk49ers
TDavid BakhtiariPackers
TTrent Williams49ers
TTerron ArmsteadSaints
GBrandon ScherffWashington
GElgton JenkinsPackers
GAndrus PeatSaints
CJason KelceEagles
CFrank RagnowLions
DECameron JordanSaints
DEBrandon GrahamEagles
DEChase YoungWashington
DTAaron DonaldRams
DTFletcher CoxEagles
DTGrady JarrettFalcons
OLBKhalil MackBears
OLBZa’Darius SmithPackers
OLBJason Pierre-PaulBuccaneers
ILBBobby WagnerSeahawks
ILBFred Warner49ers
CBJalen RamseyRams
CBJaire AlexanderPackers
CBMarshon LattimoreSaints
CBJames BradberryGiants
FSQuandre DiggsSeahawks
SSBudda BakerCardinals
SSJamal AdamsSeahawks
LSTyler OttSeahawks
PJack FoxLions
KYounghoe KooFalcons
RSCordarrelle PattersonBears
STNick BelloreSeahawks