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Fitzgerald shines as NFC wins Pro Bowl

WIDE receiver Larry Fitzgerald caught two touchdown passes to help the National Football Conference rally for a 30-21 victory over the American Football Conference in the National Football League's Pro Bowl in Honolulu on Sunday.

The Arizona Cardinals' Fitzgerald scored on a 46-yard pass from Drew Brees in the second quarter, then put the NFC ahead 24-21 off a 2-yard pass from Eli Manning in the annual end-of-season game.

Fitzgerald, coming off a record-breaking postseason and a spectacular Super Bowl in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, earned Most Valuable Player honors.

Adrian Peterson scored the NFC's other touchdown on a 10-yard third-quarter run and John Carney kicked three field goals.

The AFC had a 14-3 second-quarter lead following a 19-yard pass from Peyton Manning to Tony Gonzalez in the first quarter and Kerry Collins' 9-yard TD pass to Owen Daniels in the second before Fitzgerald reduced the deficit with nine seconds remaining in the first half.

Five-yard run

Le'Ron McClain had the AFC's only TD of the second half on a five-yard run in the fourth quarter. Fitzgerald then scored his second TD from Manning's pass before Carney booted two of his field goals in the final three minutes to extend the lead.

Eli Manning, making his Pro Bowl debut, was 8-of-14 for 111 yards. While big brother Peyton had better stats, 12-of-17 for 151 yards and a TD, Eli got the win.

The Manning brothers were the first quarterback brothers in Pro Bowl history. And Carney, who was a perfect 3-for-3, became the oldest player in the game's history.

Sunday's all-star game ended a successful 30-year run at Aloha Stadium, with a sellout every year. The Pro Bowl will be played in Miami, Florida, next year, a week before the Super Bowl. The NFL, which has been looking to increase the profile of the game, hopes to bring the game back to Hawaii.

On a sweltering day, with 60 percent humidity, Kurt Warner started for the NFC and played just one series before making way for Brees. Warner was just 1-of-2 for 8 yards. The question now is whether this was Warner's final game in the NFL or, as a free agent, will he opt to continue playing at age 38?


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