Fitzgerald’s Two TDs Spur NFC to Pro Bowl Win

By Rahul Vaidyanath
Rahul Vaidyanath
Rahul Vaidyanath
Journalist
Rahul Vaidyanath is a journalist with The Epoch Times in Canada. His areas of expertise include the economy, financial markets, China, and national defence and security. He has worked for the Bank of Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., and investment banks in Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles.
February 9, 2009 Updated: February 9, 2009

After his outstanding Super Bowl performance, Larry Fitzgerald put on another spectacular display with two TD receptions as the NFC defeated the AFC in the Pro Bowl 30–21 in sunny Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday.

The Cardinals wide receiver was named the game’s MVP.

The winning NFC team received $45,000 per player while the losing AFC team received half that amount.

Next year’s Pro Bowl will be played in Miami a week before the Super Bowl. For 30 years, the showcase of the NFL’s best talent has been played in Honolulu and will definitely seem different in Miami next year without the Hawaiian flavor.

With many of the players having enjoyed the warm weather and camaraderie of their fellow players, the game itself wasn’t as high scoring as one would imagine.

The AFC jumped out to an early lead as Peyton Manning hooked up with Kansas City tight end Tony Gonzalez late in the first quarter.

The last minute of the second quarter had more action than the entire first half as Titans QB Kerry Collins hit Texans receiver Owen Daniels extending the AFC’s lead to 14–3.

But on the last play of the half, New Orleans QB Drew Brees threw up the bomb and Larry Fitzgerald out-jumped the AFC secondary to haul in the TD pass—14–10 AFC at the half.

The AFC missed a critical fourth and one from the NFC one-yard line in the second quarter as Brandon Marshall failed to haul in a Peyton Manning pass. The loss on downs capped a 16-play, 8:24 drive, which would’ve been extremely disappointing to a team in a meaningful game.

In the second half the NFC responded. NFL rushing leader Adrian Peterson ran for the only touchdown of the third quarter, putting the NFC up 17–14.

In the fourth quarter, the AFC regained the lead 21–17 as Baltimore’s Le’Ron McClain ran for a five-yard score.

The NFC came right back as Larry Fitzgerald scored the game-winning touchdown. Eli Manning threw a two-yard floater and Fitzgerald out-muscled the shorter corner back Cortland Finnegan for the ball.

In other notes, Kurt Warner only played the first series of the game and Giants kicker John Carney, who nailed three field goals, became the oldest player selected to a Pro Bowl at 44.

Justin Tuck had a strong game with four tackles and two sacks. Peyton Manning threw for 117 yards, completed 70.6 percent of his passes for a 117.5 QB rating. Tony Gonzalez led all receivers in yardage with 98 on six catches with one touchdown.

Rahul Vaidyanath
Rahul Vaidyanath is a journalist with The Epoch Times in Canada. His areas of expertise include the economy, financial markets, China, and national defence and security. He has worked for the Bank of Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp., and investment banks in Toronto, New York, and Los Angeles.