NFL Watch: AFC Outlasts NFC in Pro Bowl Shootout

NFL Watch: AFC Outlasts NFC in Pro Bowl Shootout

Brandon Marshall Named 2012 Pro Bowl MVP

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A week before Super Bowl XLVI, some of the NFL’s top players gathered in Honolulu, Hawaii for the 2012 Pro Bowl. With defense being played on an extremely limited basis, it was the AFC that emerged victorious this time around, besting their National Football Conference counterparts by a score of 59-41. Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall was named the game’s MVP with an impressive six-catch, 176-yard and four touchdown performance on the day. The Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald led the way for the NFC, racking up 111 receiving yards and three touchdowns. Andy Dalton, Phillip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers each recorded two touchdown passes.

In our world, the biggest news from the game was the footwear. Several brands used the star-studded affair to debut new cleats from next season’s collections. Take a look at some of the football cleats worn by the game’s top stars in today’s NFL Watch.

Brandon Marshall wearing Reebok NFL U-Form 4Speed Mid M4 in 2012 Pro BowlMarshall off to the races for one of his four touchdowns in NFL U-Form 4Speed Mid M4 Reebok football cleats.

Jimmy Graham wearing adidas adiZero 5-Star Mid in Pro BowlJimmy Graham dunks the ball after scoring a touchdown in the adidas adiZero 5-Star Mid.

A.J. Green wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4 in Pro BowlA.J. Green catches a touchdown in Vapor Talon Elite 3/4 Nike football cleats.

Cam Newton wearing Under Armour Highlight in 2012 NFL Pro BowlCam Newton avoids a tackle in Highlight Under Armour football cleats.

Greg Jennings wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low in 2012 Pro BowlGreg Jennings goes low to score in Vapor Talon Elite Low Nike football cleats.

Greg Jennings wearing Nike Vapor Jet Gloves in 2012 Pro BowlGreg flashes his Green Bay Packers Nike Vapor Jet Gloves.

Maurice Jones-Drew earing Reebok NFL Viz U-Form Electrify in 2012 Pro BowlMaurice Jones-Drew finds running room in NFL Viz U-Form Electrify Reebok football cleats.

Vincent Jackson wearing adidas adiZero 5-Star in 2012 Pro BowlVincent Jackson on a roll in the adidas adiZero 5-Star.

Earl Thomas wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low in 2012 Pro BowlEarl Thomas runs to make a tackle in Vapor Talon Elite Low Nike football cleats.

Steve Smith wearing Reebok NFL U-Form 4Speed Mid M4; Jonathan Joseph wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite in 2012 Pro BowlSteve Smith, wearing NFL U-Form 4Speed Mid M4 Reebok football cleats, is tackled by Jonathan Joseph in Vapor Talon Elite Low Nike football cleats.

Jonathan Joseph wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite in 2012 Pro Bowl (2)Aaron Rodgers bobbles a snap in Air Speed Nubby Nike football cleats.

Geno Atkins wearing Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4 in 2012 Pro BowlGeno Atkins stops Marshawn Lynch in Alpha Talon Elite 3/4 Nike football cleats.

Drew Brees wearing Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4 in 2012 Pro BowlDrew Brees passes in Alpha Talon Elite 3/4 Nike football cleats.

Von Miller wearing adidas adiZero 5-Star Mid in 2012 NFL Pro BowlVon Miller pressures Drew Brees in the adidas adiZero 5-Star Mid.

Roddy White wearing Reebok Zig Football Cleats in 2012 Pro BowlRoddy White tries to get open in Reebok Zig football cleats.

Dwight Freeney wearing Jordan BCT Mid in 2012 Pro BowlDwight Freeney takes a knee in Jordan BCT Mid football cleats.

Larry Fitzgerald wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4 in 2012 Pro BowlLarry Fitzgerald catches a touchdown pass in Vapor Talon Elite 3/4 Nike football cleats.

Champ Bailey takes a dive in the Nike Super Speed TD.

Ray Lewis wearing Under Armouir Fierce Havoc Mid in 2012 NFL Pro BowlRay Lewis on the prowl in Fierce Havoc Mid Under Armour football cleats.

Patrick Peterson wearing Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low in 2012 Pro BowlPatrick Peterson picks off a pass in Vapor Talon Elite Low Nike football cleats.

Antonio Brown wearing Nike Super Speed D; Coaches wearing Nike Trainer 1.3 in 2012 NFL Pro BowlAntonio Brown stretches to make a catch in the Nike Super Speed D; coaches on the sidelines in the Nike Trainer 1.3.

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NFL Watch: The Pro Bowl Returns To Hawaii

NFL Watch: The Pro Bowl Returns To Hawaii

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.

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