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Alex Mack Scores, AFC Loses Pro Bowl 55-41

The NFC beat the AFC 55-41 in the 2011 Pro Bowl, a game that really doesn’t resemble NFL football in any way, shape or form, other than the helmets and pads. With little tackling, or defense to speak of, the AFC turned the ball over 6 times as the NFC jumped to a 42-0 before ‘hanging on’ to get the win.

For Cleveland Browns fans, the highlight came in the final minutes when C Alex Mack scored on a 67-yard, lateral-filled pass from Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel with :16 seconds to go. It can’t get much better than that for an offensive lineman playing in his first Pro Bowl.

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was 9/13 for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns. San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was 17/26 for 192 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.

To tell you what kind of game it was, the MVP was a defensive back – DeAngelo Hall. Hall intercepted a pass, recovered a fumble, had 6 tackles and 2 passes defensed. In other words, Hall came to play.

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White had 5 receptions for 69 yards to lead the NFC while Indianapolis Colts receiver Reggie Wayne made 5 grabs for 86 yards and a touchdown for the AFC.

Adrian Peterson rushed for 80 yards on 14 carries while Jamaal Charles had 72 yards on 10 carries.

With just one game – Super Bowl XLV – remaining, this could be the last time we see ‘real’ football for awhile. Based on the product we saw last night, let’s hope the Super Bowl is a great game!

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.