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AFC rallies to win Pro Bowl Sunday

Florida Football Insiders



Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

It started as a laugher, then saw a rally by the AFC, who picked up a 24-23 victory Sunday in the 2018 Pro Bowl in Orlando.

The NFC Started quickly with a Saints QB Drew Brees TD Pass to Adam Thielen eight yard score to make it 7-0.

Buccaneers linebacker Kwon Alexander, playing in first Pro Bowl and playing on punt coverage (something he doesn’t typically do), ends up making an impact at the beginning of the second quarter here:

Later in the second quarter, it was time for the AFC to make some noise and wouldn’t you know that the Dolphins Jarvis Landry would get it going. Chiefs QB Alex Smith was looking long and Landry did the rest:

Landry’s 49 yard catch set the AFC up, but Smith threw an INT in the end zone to the Cardinals Patrick Peterson that killed the drive.

The NFC  got a 79 yard interception return for TD from Vikings safety Harrison Smith and took a 20-3 lead into the second half.

Finally, the AFC got back in the game, as Smith led a 75 yard drive that ended with him hitting  Titans TE Delanie Walker with four yard TD pass. And then, Raiders QB David Carr took over the offense and got the AFC down the filed on a 53 yard TD drive, where Bills RB LeSean McCoy scored from two yards out.

The lead was now trimmed to 20-17 with 5:36 to go in the third quarter.

After the NFC got Panthers kicker Graham Gano’s third field goal of the day, this one from 38 yards out, the lead was 23-17 with 14 minutes to go.

But, smelling victory, and the extra $32,000 win bonus, the AFC finally took the lead after Carr led a 47 yard drive and the go ahead score:

Once again, it was Delanie Walker catching the touchdown, from 18 yards out and the extra point made it 24-23.

The last chance to win for the NFC was extinguished when the Broncos Von Miller stripped Rams QB Jared Goff and recovered the fumble with :37 remaining to end it.

Walker and Miller were named the game’s co-MVPs.

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