After a one-year hiatus in Miami, the NFL returned to Aloha Stadium in Hawaii for the 2011 Pro Bowl. The stars were out in full force (minus participants of Super Bowl XLV) for a game that featured little competitiveness and a lot of scoring. Forcing six turnovers, including five interceptions, the NFL tied a Pro Bowl record with 55 points as they held on for a 55-41 win.
First half interceptions thrown by Phillip Rivers, Peyton Manning and Matt Cassel helped the NFC build a lopsided 42-0 lead in the second quarter. One of the NFC’s touchdowns was caught by tight end Tony Gonzalez, who moved into first place all-time with his sixth overall. Big names like Adrian Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald and Steven Jackson also found paydirt. Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles ran for an 8-yard touchdown before the half to get the AFC on the board.
The second half was a little more kind to the AFC, who outscored the NFC 34-13. Wide receiver Reggie Wayne got things started, catching a 16-yard touchdown pass from Phillip Rivers. Jacksonville Jaguars fullback Montell Owens scored twice for the AFC, one coming via a fumble return and the other on a seven-yard reception. Perhaps the game’s most memorable moment came when Browns center Alex Mack scored a touchdown on a 67-yard double lateral play.
The MVP of the game was Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who made big defensive plays early in the game to help give the NFC a comfortable lead. He picked off a Phillip Rivers pass intended for Brandon Lloyd in the first quarter and returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. Hall added a forced fumble and six tackles on the day.
Check out what DeAngelo and some of his Pro Bowl comrades wore for the star-studded game.
Adrian Peterson cuts back wearing a Vikings colorway of the Nike Super Speed.
Brandon Lloyd tries to catch a pass in the Nike Air Zoom Alpha Talon; Brent Grimes defends in the Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly.
Another look at Brent Grimes’ Pro Bowl Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly.
Titans running back Chris Johnson barrels through defenders in the AFC Nike Air Zoom Alpha Talon.
Eric Berry tries to make a play in the adidas Scorch Thrill.
Marc Mariani of the Titans returns a kick in the Nike Air Speed Destroyer.
Michael Vick airs out a pass in the Nike Air Zoom Alpha Talon.
Steven Jackson celebrates his touchdown in the Nike Zoom Hyperfly.
DeAngelo Hall recovers a loose ball in the Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly.
Devin Hester runs after making a catch in the Nike Air Zoom Alpha Talon.
Jamaal Charles runs full speed ahead in the Reebok NFL Molded Burner Speed.
Montell Owens scores in the Nike Air Zoom Alpha Talon.
Matt Ryan drops back in the Nike Air LT Superbad.
Linebacker Ray Lewis reaches to make a tackle in Under Armour’s Fierce cleat.
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