NFL Watch: The Pro Bowl Returns to Hawaii

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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 wearing the Nike Super SpeedAdrian Peterson cuts back wearing a Vikings colorway of the Nike Super Speed.

Brandon Lloyd wearing the Nike Air Zoom Alpha TalonBrandon Lloyd tries to catch a pass in the Nike Air Zoom Alpha Talon; Brent Grimes defends in the Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly.

Brent Grimes wearing the Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon FlyAnother look at Brent Grimes’ Pro Bowl Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly.

Chris Johnson weraing the Nike Air Zoom Alpha TalonTitans running back Chris Johnson barrels through defenders in the AFC Nike Air Zoom Alpha Talon.

Eric Berry wearing the adidas Scorch ThrillEric Berry tries to make a play in the adidas Scorch Thrill.

Marc Mariani wearing the Nike Air Speed DestroyerMarc Mariani of the Titans returns a kick in the Nike Air Speed Destroyer.

Michael Vick wearing the Nike Air Zoom Alpha TalonMichael Vick airs out a pass in the Nike Air Zoom Alpha Talon.

Steven Jackson wearing the Nike Zoom HyperflySteven Jackson celebrates his touchdown in the Nike Zoom Hyperfly.

DeAngelo Hall wearing the Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon FlyDeAngelo Hall recovers a loose ball in the Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly.

Devin Hester wearing the Nike Air Zoom Alpha TalonDevin Hester runs after making a catch in the Nike Air Zoom Alpha Talon.

Jamaal Charles wearing the Reebok NFL Molded Burner SpeedJamaal Charles runs full speed ahead in the Reebok NFL Molded Burner Speed.

Montell Owens wearing the Nike Air Zoom Alpha TalonMontell Owens scores in the Nike Air Zoom Alpha Talon.

Matt Ryan wearing the Nike Air LT SuperbadMatt Ryan drops back in the Nike Air LT Superbad.

Ray Lewis wearing the Under Armour FierceLinebacker Ray Lewis reaches to make a tackle in Under Armour’s Fierce cleat.

images via ESPN