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NFL Pro Bowl Game Summary - NFC vs. AFC
(Sunday, February 2nd)
Final Score: AFC 45, NFC 20
Honolulu, HI (Sports Network) - Ricky Williams of the Miami Dolphins rushed
for two touchdowns and Oakland's Rich Gannon threw for two more scores to lead
the AFC to a 45-20 victory over the NFC in the Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium.
Williams finished with 56 yards rushing on 11 carries, caught three passes
for 18 more yards and forced a fumble on special teams to earn Player of the
Game honors. Gannon, who played only in the first half, finished 12-of-18 for
102 yards without being intercepted.
Colts quarterback Peyton Manning completed 5-of-11 passes for 98 yards with
one touchdown and an interception for the AFC, while Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe
went 9-of-19 passing for 125 yards with an interception.
Kansas City's Tony Gonzalez caught five passes for 98 yards with a score in
Brad Johnson of the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers threw a pair of
late touchdown passes for the NFC, finishing 12-of-17 for 107 yards with two
Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb led the NFC with 24 yards rushing on
three carries and completed 10-of-24 passes for 96 yards with one
interception. San Francisco's Jeff Garcia started for the NFC and completed
just 4-of-12 passes for 35 yards with three interceptions.
San Francisco's Terrell Owens caught five passes for 70 yards in a losing
The AFC jumped out to a 28-6 lead by halftime on a pair of touchdown passes by
Gannon and two rushing scores by Williams.
The AFC got off to a fast start, as Miami's Jason Taylor picked off Garcia on
the opening possession of the game. Starting at the NFC's 31-yard line,
Williams took the handoff and raced 18 yards on the first play of the drive
and scored from the one three plays later to give the AFC a 7-0 lead just 2:45
into the game.
Michael Lewis of the New Orleans Saints returned the ensuing kickoff 47 yards
to set up a 45-yard field goal by Eagles kicker David Akers, as the NFC cut
its deficit to 7-3 less than three minutes later.
Gannon led the AFC to another touchdown on its second possession, capping an
eight-play, 71-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass to Gonzalez. Gannon
completed 5-of-6 passes for 52 yards on the march, including an 18-yard
reception by Gonzalez that gave the AFC a first down at the NFC's 35-yard
Oakland's Rod Woodson picked off a Garcia pass and returned the ball 17 yards
to the NFC 24-yard line to set up an 13-yard touchdown pass from Gannon to
Buffalo's Travis Henry. Gannon threw for 35 yards on the drive that put the
AFC in front 21-3 with 10:20 left in the second quarter.
Akers kicked a Pro Bowl record 53-yard field goal with 4:27 remaining in the
first half to cut the NFC's deficit to 21-6.
The AFC answered with a 12-play, 71-yard drive to open a 28-6 cushion.
Williams, despite colliding with Bledsoe on the handoff, ran over Washington's
Champ Bailey on his way to the end zone from the one.
The first half ended with Woodson intercepting his second pass, this one
thrown by McNabb. The AFC defense moved the ball deep into the NFC end of the
field with several laterals, but one was ruled an illegal forward pass. Taylor
carried for 45 yards on the return.
On the opening drive of the second half, Bledsoe completed a pass to Gonzalez
for 29 yards on 3rd-and-10 to give the AFC a first down at the NFC five. The
drive stalled and New England's Adam Vinatieri booted a 20-yard field goal to
give the AFC a 31-6 advantage.
The Patriots' Ty Law stepped in front of a Johnson pass and returned it 46
yards for a touchdown to increase the AFC lead to 38-6 with 11:52 remaining in
the fourth quarter.
Manning threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to Pittsburgh's Hines Ward with 7:31 to
play in the contest to make it 45-6.
The NFC added a pair of late touchdowns to complete the scoring. Joe Horn of
the Saints caught a 12-yard touchdown toss from Johnson to make the score
45-13 with 5:01 to play. Tampa's Mike Alstott took a shuffle pass from Johnson
and scored the final touchdown of the game to complete the scoring.
The AFC has won six of the last seven Pro Bowls and leads the series, 17-16...
Tennessee's Jeff Fisher served as the AFC's head coach, while Philadelphia's
Andy Reid led the NFC squad...Miami's Zach Thomas and Sam Madison each had an
interception for the AFC, which had six picks in the game... Each of the AFC's
players earned $30,000 for the win, with the NFC's stars receiving $15,000
02/02 22:19:37 ET
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