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NFC up 10-7 as Saturday snaps to Manning one last time

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A quick play-by-play update on this year’s Pro Bowl, through just over a quarter.

The NFC got the game’s initial possession, and Saints quarterback Drew Brees promptly botched his hand-off attempt to Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey recovered.

Capitalizing on the Brees fumble, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning threw a six-yard touchdown dart to Bengals receiver A.J. Green in the back of the end zone. Green beat Bears cornerback Charles Tillman for the score, giving the AFC an early 7-0 lead.

On the NFC’s second drive, following the Brees fumble, Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph made a terrific catch in traffic for a gain of 23. On third-and-four later in the drive, Brees shook off heavy pressure from the AFC defense to find Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald streaking across the field on a drag route. Fitzgerald picked up a first down with a nine-yard gain.

Set up by the Rudolph and Fitzgerald catches, Brees dropped back to find Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson separated from coverage and hit him for a 36-yard touchdown bomb, evening the score at seven.

After Brees connected with Rudolph (22 yards) and Jackson (23) again for big first-quarter passing plays, Vikings kicker Blair Walsh gave the NFC a 10-7 advantage on a 48-yard field goal on the first snap of the second quarter.

Toward the end of the first quarter, center Jeff Saturday of the NFC lined up with the AFC’s offense to snap the football to Manning for the last time. Saturday and Manning were 12-year teammates with the Colts. This is their sixth and final Pro Bowl appearance together. Saturday is retiring.

“That was something special I’ll always remember,” said Saturday afterwards. “We had a great run together, man.”

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20 Responses to “NFC up 10-7 as Saturday snaps to Manning one last time”
  1. 2jivecrew says: Jan 27, 2013 8:26 PM

    This is me pointing and laughing at anybody with nothing better to do than watch what is easily the worst all star game in pro sports. By far the worst. Even old reruns of The Waltons or Golden Girls have more entertainment value than this game.

  2. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 27, 2013 8:27 PM

    Pro Bowl football provides an outlook of how the NFL will look in ten years. Roger is good for the game.

  3. fearthehoody says: Jan 27, 2013 8:27 PM

    This is actually fun to watch. Bravo NFL

  4. knowmewell85 says: Jan 27, 2013 8:33 PM

    This game is so boring! I rather watch Manti fall asleep on the phone with Lennay…

  5. rj2323 says: Jan 27, 2013 8:37 PM

    Does the pro bowl even matter? It’s a worthless event just like the MLB all star game a snorefest. The only all star even that matters an is a big deal is the NBA all star weekend

  6. tonyugoh says: Jan 27, 2013 8:39 PM

    I watched a little bit of it, I thought that was a really cool gesture to have Peyton and Saturday take one last snap together and seeing Peyton and Reggie play together again.

  7. thurstonblogging says: Jan 27, 2013 8:40 PM

    Saturday and Manning together again. Don’t slip a digit in, Peyton.

  8. allidoiswin55 says: Jan 27, 2013 8:40 PM

    Seems pretty obvious that the disparity of talent between conferences. The AFC has QB’S but that’s really it besides spot others. The NFC has captured the crown for talent in my opinion. Making the probowl is far harder in the NFC for position players than the AFC… The game is getting more and more boring every series..

  9. darthobama says: Jan 27, 2013 8:47 PM

    Uhh I thought this year was supposed to be closer to “real game”…nothing says “real game” better than a player changing teams at the end of the first quarter…

  10. exnavysub says: Jan 27, 2013 8:48 PM

    And I see Shaub doing what he does best. Pretends to be a good QB.

  11. golforepar says: Jan 27, 2013 8:51 PM

    Saturday to Manning…. I just hope Saturday didn’t have to make a tackle on the play!

  12. thetooloftools says: Jan 27, 2013 8:56 PM

    That was way cool.

  13. ourturn2shine says: Jan 27, 2013 8:59 PM

    Its not even CLOSE to as bad as last year. I can actually stand to watch it. But as far as Saturday and Manning goes, I thought that was awesome. Matt Schaub has been TERRIBLE.

  14. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 27, 2013 9:17 PM

    Schaub is on par with the likes of Sanchez and he is playing in the Pro Bowl. What a joke.

  15. randomguy9999 says: Jan 27, 2013 9:20 PM

    if its so bad, why do you guys keep watching it and giving it the 2nd highest rating every year behind the SB?

    that’s the only reason the PB keeps alive… they can sell ad space

  16. benacci says: Jan 27, 2013 9:39 PM

    Classy! As a Colts fan that was a great moment. No matter what!

  17. albertmn says: Jan 27, 2013 11:11 PM

    2jivecrew says: Jan 27, 2013 8:26 PM

    This is me pointing and laughing at anybody with nothing better to do than watch what is easily the worst all star game in pro sports. By far the worst. Even old reruns of The Waltons or Golden Girls have more entertainment value than this game.

    __________________________

    Yet, you have time to come here and post about it?

  18. starfan79 says: Jan 28, 2013 6:16 AM

    I didn’t even realize the pro bowl was on. Regardless that’s cool they let Saturday lineup with the offense for the AFC
    And snap it. Even though he didn’t deserve to be there from the start but that’s the pro bowl!

  19. cztikhldr4evr says: Jan 28, 2013 6:26 AM

    This just in! The NFL just fined Jeff Saturday $1753.68 for switching sides durning the pro bowl
    Hey why not? Every other games I watched this year, somebody got fined for something, They NEED the money.
    As a long time Colts fan, can’t believe that the NFL allowed it, great way to finish Saturdays playing days

  20. airboss37 says: Jan 28, 2013 6:50 AM

    Brees didn’t botch the hand-off. Did you watch the play?

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