AFC 35

NFC 62

Coverage: NBC

7:30 PM ET, January 27, 2013

Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI 

1 2 3 4 T
AFC 7 7 7 1435
NFC 7 24 21 1062

Vikings' Kyle Rudolph named MVP as NFC coasts in Pro Bowl

Associated Press

HONOLULU -- A handful of shenanigans and plenty of points -- yet still another ho-hum Pro Bowl.

Whether the NFL's all-star game will return next season is a something the league will ponder the next few months after the NFC's 62-35 blowout of the AFC on Sunday.

"It's been an unbelievable week," Seattle rookie quarterback Russell Wilson said. "And the thing was, if you watched us, everybody was competing today and it was really awesome."

Wilson at least got the crowd pumped up in the second half with some nifty scrambles and three passing touchdowns. There was also Houston's sack-happy defensive end J.J. Watt going out for a couple of passes as a wide receiver, and retiring Green Bay center Jeff Saturday snapping to two Mannings on opposite teams.

But while the NFC appeared unstoppable on offense, with nearly each player putting up fantasy-worthy lines in limited play, the AFC had five turnovers and scored most of its points well after the game was no longer competitive.

Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph was voted the game's MVP with five catches for 122 yards and a touchdown.

"Guys were competing, guys wanted to win and guys want to keep the game here," Rudolph insisted. "That was the point before the game. We want to keep this game rolling for future Pro Bowlers."

Watt, who had 20½ sacks for Houston, lined up as a wide receiver on the AFC's third play from scrimmage, but missed a pass from Denver quarterback Peyton Manning. He was targeted one more time, but didn't make a catch.

He later showed a television camera a bloody left pinkie, joking with NBC broadcasters that it was proof that the players were trying.

"Hey, Commish, we're playing hard," Watt said as he showed his finger.

Roger Goodell has said the Pro Bowl won't be played again if play didn't improve this year. Last year, fans in Hawaii booed as linemen were clearly not trying. On one play in that game, Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen did a barrel roll to switch positions with a teammate.

If players were coasting this time around, it was less obvious. The AFC just played poorly. And fans didn't boo much -- the stands were relatively empty even though the game sold enough tickets to lift a local television blackout.

The game was trending on Twitter in the United States early on, but quickly gave way to the Screen Actors Guild Awards and the WWE Royal Rumble.

Saturday, retiring at the end of this season, played for both teams, though he came representing the NFC. He lined up on one play for the AFC to snap the ball one last time to Manning, his longtime former Colts teammate.

Saturday said it meant a lot to him that the Broncos quarterback, whom Saturday called a true friend, orchestrated the stunt.

"He's got a little more pull than I got," Saturday said. "He got it all set up and timed up for me, so it was really nice of him to do that."

Saturday played 13 seasons in Indianapolis, all with Manning -- except 2011, when Manning was out with a neck injury. Saturday then played later in the game for the NFC, snapping to Peyton's brother, Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

Saturday's last play on the field was a passing touchdown by Eli Manning.

Peyton Manning said it was nice for the NFL to allow the play to happen.

"It's something that I'll always remember," he said, "that he'll always remember to kind of get that one, final snap together after the thousands that we've taken together."

Even as the NFC piled up touchdowns, the game struggled for memorable moments after Saturday's momentary switch.

In the second quarter, referee Ed Hochuli drew cheers when announcing a pass interference penalty on Denver cornerback Champ Bailey in the second quarter -- the first flag of the game.

"Yes, there are penalties in the Pro Bowl," Hochuli said, drawing laughs and loud cheers.

Giants wideout Victor Cruz broke a Pro Bowl record with 10 catches. Tampa Bay receiver Vincent Jackson had 91 yards and two touchdowns. Eli Manning threw for 191 yards and two touchdowns.

Cincinnati's A.J. Green had three TD catches for the AFC.

NFL officials said last week that the league wants to decide the future of the Pro Bowl by the time next season's schedule is released in April.

"We understood exactly what (Goodell) wanted, guys were making plays all over the field," Cruz said. "There was a little bit more high intensity than in years past and we were excited to play."

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs2227
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from Penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays6774
Total Yards356478
Yards per play5.36.5
Total Drives1216
Comp - Att
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks - Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)3-46-7
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10

Passing Leaders


Rushing Leaders


Receiving Leaders


Scoring Summary

afcTD14:01A.J. Green 6 Yd Pass From Peyton Manning (Phil Dawson Kick) 70
nfcTD10:09Vincent Jackson 36 Yd Pass From Drew Brees (Blair Walsh Kick) 77
nfcFG14:54Blair Walsh 48 Yd 710
afcTD11:14Derrick Johnson 42 Yd Interception Return (Phil Dawson Kick) 1410
nfcTD07:00Victor Cruz 9 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (Blair Walsh Kick) 1417
nfcTD01:41Marshawn Lynch 1 Yd Run (Blair Walsh Kick) 1424
nfcTD00:00Kyle Rudolph 3 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (Blair Walsh Kick) 1431
nfcTD12:56Doug Martin 28 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Blair Walsh Kick) 1438
afcTD06:21Joshua Cribbs 4 Yd Pass From Matt Schaub (Phil Dawson Kick) 2138
nfcTD03:52Larry Fitzgerald 9 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Blair Walsh Kick) 2145
nfcTD01:51Vincent Jackson 5 Yd Pass From Russell Wilson (Blair Walsh Kick) 2152
nfcFG14:38Blair Walsh 26 Yd 2155
afcTD11:36A.J. Green 4 Yd Pass From Andrew Luck (Phil Dawson Kick) 2855
nfcTD07:55Jerome Felton 3 Yd Run (Blair Walsh Kick) 2862
afcTD05:54A.J. Green 49 Yd Pass From Andrew Luck (Phil Dawson Kick) 3562

Research Notes

(fixes NBA percentage) Last night's Pro Bowl drew a 7.7 overnight rating. That on par with the MLB All-Star Game and is 328% higher than the NBA All-Star Game.

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