NFC rallies for wild win

Associated Press
At the Pro Bowl, Washington Redskins (from left) Ethan Albright, Chris Samuels and Chris Cooley wear No. 21 in honor of slain teammate Sean Taylor, who was voted into the game.

HONOLULU --- Adrian Peterson stood in front of the car he'd just won as MVP of the Pro Bowl. He wiggled the keys, leaned against the red roof and soaked in the acclaim.


Quite a way to finish off a rookie season.

Peterson ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns, and Terrell Owens made up for early sloppiness with two TD receptions in the NFC's 42-30 comeback victory over the AFC on Sunday.

The Offensive Rookie of the Year, Peterson's performance was the first of more than 100 yards since Marshall Faulk had 180 and Chris Warren added 127 in 1995. The Minnesota running back joined Faulk as the only rookies to be voted MVP of the Pro Bowl.

"Good company," Peterson said. "We didn't get into the playoffs, so for me to come here and do this at the Pro Bowl means a lot.

"I came with a goal: win the game and be MVP."

Owens' 6-yard catch from Tampa Bay's Jeff Garcia provided the winning points, and Owens knew the new car could have been his. But Peterson added a 6-yard TD run to steal MVP honors.

"He's like lightning in a bottle," Denver safety John Lynch said of Peterson. "... He's going to wreak havoc in this league for a long time."

Neither side held back the tricks, to the delight of the sellout crowd of 50,044 at Aloha Stadium. There was a fake punt, a throwback kickoff return and a handful of fourth-down gambles.

One was a 34-yard pass to Owens from fellow Cowboy Tony Romo, sparking the comeback.

San Diego fullback Lorenzo Neal scored his first Pro Bowl touchdown. His teammate, Antonio Cromartie, had two picks after leading the league in interceptions this season.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh represented Cincinnati by catching TD throws of 16 yards from Indy's Peyton Manning and 1 from Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger.



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