Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson has set himself the goal of being named 2011 Pro Bowl MVP. He’s at least in the running after scoring the NFC’s second touchdown, a 14-yard burst set up by a Philip Rivers pass tipped into Washington Redskins LB London Fletcher’s hands.
On the next AFC drive, another Redskin picked off Rivers. The San Diego Chargers QB hurled deep to Denver Broncos WR Brandon Lloyd in the end zone, but CB DeAngelo Hall picked it off and ran it back to right around where a touchback would’ve placed it.
The NFC has taken a 14-0 lead as the first quarter ends.
We’ll now get a pair of quarterback changes, with Atlanta Falcons QB Matt Ryan taking over for Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick (hey, that sounds familiar!) and Indianapolis Colts QB Peyton Manning relieving Rivers.
And Ryan’s first throw, a bomb to Dallas Cowboys WR Miles Austin, was picked off by New England Patriots CB Devin McCourty. Not to be outdone, Manning threw a pick to Falcons CB Brent Grimes. This is the most defense that has ever been played in any Pro Bowl.