HONOLULU - Some big hits, fewer shenanigans, and a fairly low score.
That was what the first "schoolyard style" Pro Bowl delivered on Sunday at Aloha Stadium, with Jerry Rice's team defeating Deion San-ders' squad 22-21.
The Dallas Cowboys' DeMarco Murray caught a 20-yard pass for a touchdown and the Carolina Panthers' Mike Tolbert plunged into the end zone for a 2-point conversion with less than a minute left to give Team Rice the win.
Team Rice’s DeMarco Murray of the Dallas Cowboys heads upfield as Team Sanders’ Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers pursues during Team Rice’s 22-21 win Sunday’s Pro Bowl on at Aloha Stadium.
"They called my number the whole way," Tolbert said on the field after the game. "Philip (Rivers) told them to give it to me. My old teammate, he told them to give it to me."
Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens missed a 67-yard field-goal attempt for Team Sanders on the game's final play after missing a 66-yarder earlier in the game.
The touchdown and conversion gave the team picked by Rice a comeback after Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Cleveland Browns tight end Jordan Cameron with less than five minutes to play for a 21-14 lead.
Pro Bowl * At Honolulu
Team Rice 22, Team Sanders 21
Sunday, Feb. 2 (HST)
Super Bowl * At East Rutherford, N.J.
Denver vs. Seattle, 1:30 p.m. (FOX)
The touchdowns by Cameron and Murray were the only scores of the second half in a game that had eight turnovers - including six interceptions - and nine sacks.
Foles was the only quarterback of six in the game not to throw an interception. He was named offensive MVP.
"It was definitely sloppy. There was a lot of turnovers because of the weather," said Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, who was a captain on Sanders' team. "There was a lot of rain, so obviously that factored into it."
Cleveland's Josh Gordon had six receptions for 66 yards and a touchdown for Team Rice, and the Washington Redskins' Alfred Morris had four catches for 69 yards.
Gordon was flipped by Browns teammate T.J. Ward on one of the biggest hits in the game.
"I don't think he knew what he was doing but I'll give him the benefit of a doubt on that one," Gordon said. "I'll get him back in Cleveland."
Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson had a big hit in the first half on Chiefs teammate Jamaal Charles.
"I didn't expect it, but he's out there doing his thing," said Charles, who suffered a concussion during Kansas City's playoff loss to the Indianapo-lis Colts. "I can't get mad at him - it's just about football and you've just got to be ready."
Johnson said: "If you stand back, he's going to make you look pretty bad, so I had to go out and really give it to him. I would never try to hurt my teammate at all, but compete a little bit."
Team Rice.........0....14....0....8 - 22
Team Sanders...7.....7.....0....7 - 21
San-Jackson 36 pass from Luck (Tucker kick), 10:10.
Rice-Graham 8 pass from Brees (Gostkowski kick), 9:05.
San-Newton 1 run (Tucker kick), 5:42.
Rice-Gordon 10 pass from Rivers (Gost-kowski kick), :36.
San-Cameron 12 pass from Foles (Tucker kick), 4:41.
Rice-Murray 20 pass from A.Smith (Tolbert run), :41.
|Total net yards||384||285|
|Time of possession||32:47||27:13|
RUSHING-Team Rice, Forte 6-31, Murray 4-25, L.McCoy 3-14, Tolbert 3-14, Gordon 1-13, A.Smith 1-13, Brees 2-4. Team Sanders, Charles 5-43, Lacy 7-14, Morris 2-4, Newton 2-1, Luck 1-0.
PASSING-Team Rice, A.Smith 9-22-1-116, Rivers 8-13-2-94, Brees 9-19-1-81. Team Sanders, Newton 8-17-1-95, Foles 7-10-0-89, Luck 5-7-1-80.
RECEIVING-Team Rice, Gordon 6-66, Graham 5-51, Murray 4-37, Gonzalez 3-50, Forte 3-24, Jeffery 2-22, Marshall 1-21, L.McCoy 1-18, McCluster 1-2. Team Sanders, Morris 4-69, Jackson 3-40, Cameron 3-27, Reece 2-31, Witten 2-26, Bryant 2-12, A.Brown 1-39, Lacy 1-9, Green 1-7, Charles 1-4.
MISSED FIELD GOALS-Team Rice, Gost-kowski 53 (WR). Team Sanders, Tucker 66 (SH), 67 (SH).