NFC thumps AFC in Pro Bowl

NFC 62, AFC 35

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NFC wide receiver Victor Cruz, of the New York Giants, breaks away from the AFC defense to score a touchdown. Cruz had 10 catches for 96 yards in the Pro Bowl.  EUGENE TANNER/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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NFC wide receiver Victor Cruz, of the New York Giants, breaks away from the AFC defense to score a touchdown. Cruz had 10 catches for 96 yards in the Pro Bowl.

HONOLULU — Sack-happy defensive end J.J. Watt went out for a pass as a wide receiver, retiring center Jeff Saturday snapped to two Mannings on opposite teams and the NFC blew past the AFC 62-35 in a Pro Bowl that could be the could be the league’s last.

Whether the NFL’s all-star game will return or not is a question league officials will ponder the next few months. And, the players gave plenty to consider on both sides of the argument Sunday.

The NFC was unstoppable on offense, with nearly each player putting up fantasy-type lines in limited play. The AFC, meanwhile, 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 122 yards and a touchdown.

Watt, who had 20 1/2 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.

Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore had an interception and made a pair of tackles. Teammate Thomas DeCoud made five tackles in the game.

Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, receiver Julio Jones and tight end Tony Gonzalez were selected to the game but did not play.


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