It is an otherwise meaningless game, but with an extra $25,000 going to each of the players on the winning team, the AFC pulled away from the NFC in the fourth quarter of the Pro Bowl and get the winning spoils, winning the game 59-41. Brandon Marshall was the MVP of the game, scoring on four touchdown receptions, finishing with six receptions for 177 yards.
The Arizona Cardinals in the game made an impact. Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald scored the first two touchdowns of the game and also the last one of the game. He finished with six catches for 111 yards and the three scores. With the three touchdowns, he set a career Pro Bowl record for TD receptions with seven. He passed fellow NFC Pro Bowler Tony Gonzalez, who has six in his career.
Rookie Patrick Peterson also filled the stat sheet. After getting beat for a TD by A.J. Green, he picked off a passed, defensed another and had four tackles on defense. He also caught a pass that went for a eight yards and a first down and returned four kicks, averaging 30 yards a return, including a 48-yarder.
Adrian Wilson broke up a pass in the first quarter, but that was it.
The score was tied 28-28 at the half, the AFC led 38-35 after three quarters, but did the big damage in the fourth quarter behind rookie Andy Dalton at quarterback.
The game featured such gimmicks as two onside kicks, Drew Brees attempting to drop kick an extra point (he failed), center Nick Mangold lining up wide on an extra point try, a receiver playing defense (Antonio Brown at cornerback) and a cornerback catching a pass from a punter (Patrick Peterson from Andy Lee) on a fake punt play.
Now we move on to Super Bowl Week.