NFC tops AFC for Pro Bowl victory, 42-30
Mike McCarthy cheers on the NFC. (AP photo)
Mike McCarthy cheers on the NFC. (AP photo)
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Posted Feb 10, 2008


Mike McCarthy and his staff, along with four Packers, helped guide the NFC to a 42-30 victory over the AFC in the National Football League's annual Pro Bowl game Sunday afternoon in Honolulu.

Green Bay defensive end Aaron Kampman had one sack and wide receiver Donald Driver made two catches for the NFC. Cornerback Al Harris led the NFC with five tackles and was penalized twice while offensive tackle Chad Clifton played both the left and right tackle positions during the game.

Kampman, playing in his second straight Pro Bowl, tackled Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning for a 20-yard loss in the first quarter after a snap got past Manning. Kampman brought down Cleveland quarterback Derek Anderson with less than two minutes remaining in the game as the NFC sealed the win.

Harris, playing in his first Pro Bowl, had five tackles, but also was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for playing 'press coverage' in the third quarter. Harris also drew a penalty for illegal contact with less than a minute left in the game. Pro Bowl rules prohibit press coverage (within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage) and blitzing by the defense.

Clifton, playing in his first Pro Bowl, manned both the left and right sides, rotating series with Dallas' Flozelle Adams and Washington's Chris Samuels.

Driver played in his second consecutive and third career Pro Bowl. He made a 15-yard catch from Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck in the second quarter and a diving 16-yard catch from Tampa Bay's Jeff Garcia in the fourth quarter.

Both teams combined for 48 points in the first half, tying a Pro Bowl record, but the NFC held the AFC to three third-quarer points and none in the fourth quarter.

With McCarthy looking on and his assistants calling the plays, the NFC converted all six of its red zone posesssions into touchdowns. The AFC scored touchdowns on only three of its five trips into the red zone.

The NFC also used a fake punt in the first quarter for a first down and had return specialist Devin Hester make a lateral pass to Dallas tight end Jason Witten on a kickoff return in the second half, and Witten ran 35 yards to the AFC's 47.

Minnesota rookie Adrian Peterson ran for a 6-yard touchdown to put the NFC up 42-30 with less than three minutes remaining. It was the second touchdown of the game for the Vikings running back, who finished with 129 rushing yards on the day, and game MVP honors.



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