Pro Bowl 2012: AFC Takes Out NFC In A Thrilling Grudge Match, 59-41

In a barn-burner, the AFC beat the NFC in the 2012 Pro Bowl, 59-41. Highlights of the Jags mascot stripping, Marshawn Lynch flopping and Drew Brees trying a dropkick in this StoryStream.

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Pro Bowl 2012 Final Score: AFC Sets Record, Evens Series With NFC In 59-41 Win

With a 59-41 victory at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, AFC set a new record for points by a single team in a Pro Bowl and torched the NFC to even the all-time series in the NFL's all-star game.

The AFC scored 21 straight points in the fourth quarter to break the previous record for points by a team, set by the AFC team that scored 55 in a 55-52 shootout in the 2004 Pro Bowl. The AFC and NFC combined for the most total yards in the game's history.

Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall stole the spotlight in the game, catching six passes for 177 yards and four touchdowns to win the 2012 Pro Bowl MVP award. His third touchdown catch was particularly great.

Every quarterback selected to the game — Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Cam Newton, and Andy Dalton — threw for 100 or more yards and two touchdowns. Newton also threw three interceptions, the last of which was returned for the AFC's final touchdown.

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Pro Bowl 2012: Time, Schedule And More

The 2012 NFL Pro Bowl will take place on Sunday, January 29. The annual football All-Star competition will take place in Aloha Stadium in Hawaii.

The AFC team's starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will square off against the NFC team, led by Aaron Rodgers. On paper, it looks like the NFC would have an advantage in the passing game, with Rodgers and backup quarterbacks Drew Brees and Cam Newton looking to hook up with targets like Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Smith, Jimmy Graham, Tony Gonzalez and Greg Jennings. Meanwhile, the AFC running game includes weapons like Maurice Jones-Drew and WIllis McGahee. It's certainly going to be interesting to watch all the different pairings of players that spent the 2011 season going toe-to-toe.

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Time: Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM EST on Sunday.

TV: The game will be carried nationally on NBC. Your announcers will be Dan Hicks on play-by-play, Mike Mayock and Doug Flutie on color commentary and Alex Flanagan and Randy Moss as the sideline reporters.

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2012 Pro Bowl AFC Roster: Ravens-Heavy Squad Heads To Honolulu

A select number of the NFL's best players will be making a trip to Hawaii to participate in this Sunday's AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, though the league's annual all-star game will be lacking some of its star power once again due to a variety of factors.

This will mark the third consecutive year in which the Pro Bowl will be held one week prior to the Super Bowl, thereby removing members of the New England Patriots and New York Giants that were chosen to play in Sunday's exhibition from their conference respective rosters once those teams qualified for the upcoming championship game.

The AFC has been hit particularly hard by the rule, as the Patriots had seven starters and eight players overall invited to Honolulu. That list included such notable names as quarterback Tom Brady, wide receiver Wes Welker and tight end Rob Gronkowski.

Following New England's defections, Baltimore had led the AFC corps with eight selections before four Ravens (running back Ray Rice, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, outside linebacker Terrell Suggs and safety Ed Reed) all pulled out shortly after the club's loss to the Patriots in this past Sunday's conference championship. That leaves AFC West champion Denver with a team-high six players, although popular quarterback Tim Tebow was not among those named.

Brady's departure elevates Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger to the starting signal-caller's post for the AFC, which will be coached by Houston's Gary Kubiak, with Rogers first to lead the NFC offense before likely giving way to New Orleans record-setter Drew Brees.

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2012 Pro Bowl NFC Roster: Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees Highlight Squad

The NFL's best players will be making a trip to Hawaii to participate in this Sunday's AFC-NFC Pro Bowl. The NFC will field an impressive array of all-stars.

San Francisco's overtime loss to the Giants last weekend may have turned out to be the NFC's gain, as a conference-best eight 49ers had been picked to the initial squad and just two New York players -- quarterback Eli Manning and defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul -- had made the list.

San Francisco will ultimately send six representatives to the contest, with running back Frank Gore, cornerback Carlos Rogers and safety Dashon Goldson all withdrawing after citing injuries and veteran long snapper Brian Jennings recently added as a need player. Six Green Bay Packers, headlined by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, will also be on the final NFC roster, with head coach Mike McCarthy and his staff directing the team.

The selected NFC starting defense won't be undergoing a whole lot of changes, with Rogers the lone honoree to bow out of the contest. The 49ers will still have a presence on the unit, however, with disruptive tackle Justin Smith (58 tackles, 7.5 sacks) and inside linebacker Patrick Willis (97 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 INT) each receiving well-deserved citations for their contributions to one of the NFL's stingiest defenses in 2011.

Even without Pierre-Paul, the conference won't be bereft of top-notch pass rushers, as Minnesota end Jared Allen (66 tackles, 1 INT) led the league with 22 sacks and Dallas outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (58 tackles, 19.5 sacks) and Philadelphia end Jason Babin (40 tackles, 18 sacks) finished second and third, respectively, in that category. Rogers will be replaced in the opening lineup by Chicago's Charles Tillman (99 tackles, 1 sack, 3 INT) in the veteran corner's first trip to Honolulu, while 35-year-old Charles Woodson (74 tackles, 2 sacks, 7 INT) garnered his eighth career Pro Bowl nod on the opposite side and joins outside linebacker and Green Bay teammate Clay Matthews (50 tackles, 6 sacks, 3 INT) as a starter.

Aaron Rodgers (4643 passing yards, 45 TD, 6 INT) will the first up out of an absolutely loaded NFC crop of quarterbacks after setting an new NFL single-year standard with a 122.5 passer rating. The prolific Brees (5476 passing yards, 46 TD, 14 INT), meanwhile, shattered Dan Marino's 27-year-old mark for passing yards in his banner 2011 campaign, while the dynamic Newton (4051 passing yards, 21 TD, 17 INT) threw for more yards than any rookie in league history.

That stellar trio won't have the luxury of working with perhaps the best receiver in the game today, however, with Detroit superstar Calvin Johnson declining to attend because of a sore Achilles tendon, though the combo of Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald (80 receptions, 1411 yards, 8 TD) -- the 2009 Pro Bowl MVP -- and Carolina veteran Steve Smith (79 receptions, 1394 yards, 7 TD) alongside New Orleans tight end and first-time selection Jimmy Graham (99 receptions, 1310 yards, 11 TD) ensures there will be more than enough elite targets to go around.

The backfield also possesses two quality pass-catchers in Philadelphia first-timer LeSean McCoy (1309 rushing yards, 48 receptions, 20 total TD) and Chicago's Matt Forte (997 rushing yards, 52 receptions, 4 total TD), slated to participate despite missing the final four weeks of the regular season with a sprained knee. Graham is one of three Saints chosen as starters, along with the stout guard tandem of Carl Nicks and Jahri Evans.

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