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article imageNFL: NFC pulls off win against AFC in turnover bonanza

By Kristofor Molson     Feb 1, 2011 in Sports
Honolulu - The NFL moved the date of the Pro Bowl looking to make it more relevant and give it meaning, but todays game was a disaster with turnovers. The NFC won 55 – 41 giving the combined score of 96 for the second highest in Pro Bowl history.
The game was as sloppy as an All-Star game can get with DeAngelo Hall being the only bright spot this year for the Washington Redskins being named the 2011 Pro Bowl MVP. Hall had a great game with a interception and recovering a fumble taking it back 34 yards for a touchdown sparking a route of the AFC team.
The AFC quarterbacks combined, threw more interceptions than touchdowns with five interceptions to four touchdowns. San Diego Chargers Phillip Rivers went 17/26 for 192 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions starting the game for the AFC. He led them to no touchdowns in the first quarter but threw two interceptions. Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts went 2/5 for 12 yards and 1 interception while playing in only the second quarter. Matt Cassel of the Kansas City Chiefs went 5/12 for 95 yards and 2 touchdowns with 2 interceptions.
Rivers started the game and could not lead the AFC anywhere down the field with the first drive going 48 yards on 10 plays to end with them turning the ball over on downs. The next time Rivers came on the field he threw an interception on the first play of the drive to Redskin London Fletcher. He then threw another interception to end the first quarter trying to hit Brandon Lloyd of the Denver Broncos deep in the end zone that was picked off by Hall.
Peyton came in and tried to hit teammate Reggie Wayne (5 rec, 86 yds, 1 TD) but was intercepted by Brent Grimes of the Atlanta Falcons. Peyton came back in and hit Wes Welker (5 rec, 34 yds) of the New England Patriots on a 7 yard pass, but Welker was stripped by Hall who then recovered it and took it back for a touchdown. Manning returned for his final drive of the game but could not move the ball on the tough NFC defense.
Cassel came in late in the second quarter trying to start a driving that did not last long with him throwing an interception trying to hit Wayne as well. The pass was intercepted by Minnesota Vikings Antwan Winfield. He then came back to push the AFC down the field for their first touchdown on his teammate Jamaal Charles (10 car, 72 yds, 1TD) run from 8 yards out to finally put the AFC on the board.
The NFC side of the game the first half was a whole lot different and less sloppy with the NFC quarterbacks combing for 2 touchdowns and 1 interception with Mike Vick (5/10, 59 yds, 1TD) of the Philadelphia Eagles starting the game off. Vick started the game going three and out having to punt, but then came back to lead them on a 59 yard drive that took 11 plays ending with Vick hitting Falcons Tony Gonzalez (3 rec, 42 yds, 2 TD) for a seven yard touchdown pass giving the NFC the lead 7-0.
Vick led the NFC on another drive this time leading them 43 yards in 5 plays with Viking running back Adrian Peterson (14 car, 80 yds, 1 TD) running it in for a touchdown making it 14-0. Than Matt Ryan of the Falcons came in and took over for Vick, but threw an interception on his first drive trying to hit Dallas Cowboy Miles Austin but Devin McCourty of the Patriots jumped up and snagged it out the air. Ryan bounced back to drive the NFC down the field 58 yards ending with Ryan connecting with teammate Gonzales for a four yard touchdown pushing the lead to 21.
The NFC got the ball back with just a little over nine minutes left and Ryan led them down the field connecting with Arizona Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald (1rec, 25 yds, 1TD) on a 25 yard pitch and catch making the score 35 to nothing. After the NFC got an interception by Winfield. They drove a short field ending with St. Louis Rams Stephen Jackson scoring from 21 yards out capping the half with a 42 to 7 lead.
The game then slowed down for the NFC as the AFC did all the scoring in the second half scoring 34 points with Rivers coming back in and leading the AFC down the field for their second touchdown of the game.
The AFC drove 67 yards in 6 plays finishing with Rivers hitting Wayne for a 16 yard touchdown pass. The NFC could not score on their opening drive only mustering a field goal.
The AFC then got the ball on the ensuing kickoff and Rivers led them on another 60 plus yard drive with him hitting Jacksonville Jaguars Marcedes Lewis catching the ball this time for a 28 yard touchdown making the score 45 -28.
The fourth quarter started out slow with the NFC punting then the AFC punting. The NFC moved down the field for yet another field goal, and then the Carolina Panther Jon Beason picked of Cassel. Beason returned it for a touchdown, and that was the only touchdown that the NFC scored the second half making it 55 to 28.
The AFC scored another touchdown, but this time Cassel was leading the charge going 56 yards in 6 plays ending with Montell Ownes of the Jaguars scoring on a 7 yard pass bringing the AFC closer 35 to 55. The NFC took knees on the ball trying to end the game, but the AFC wanted to score another touchdown.
They tried to hit Bowe once and it feel incomplete. They finally connected and pulled off a trick play pitching laterals all the way down the field. Cassel hit teammate Dwayne Bowe over the middle who then laterals the ball to Ownes who then skipped it to center Alex Mack of Cleveland Browns who scored the final touchdown on a 67-yard play that took all of 16 seconds.
DeAngelo Hall was named the Pro Bowl MVP and given a new SUV for his work. He said after the game I was just about to buy another SUV, so to come out here and grab one for free, I like that.
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