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Gerald McCoy: NFC fought to end, but nice to rest up now



ORLANDO -- Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy had a sack and four tackles, the most he's had in his five Pro Bowls, but still was disappointed to see the NFC come up short, losing 20-13 to the AFC in Sunday's game at Camping World Stadium.

McCoy pointed to the hustle on a play in the final minute of the game as proof the game still means something to the players involved, even the difference between a $64,000 winner's share and the $32,000 players from the losing team get. Down seven points, the NFC got to the AFC 19-yard line, only to see Kirk Cousins get intercepted at the 2-yard line by Denver's Lorenzo Alexander, who then lateraled to teammate Aqib Talib.

Cousins though ran Talib down at the NFC 15-yard line -- 66 yards from where the play started -- and forced a fumble, but Talib recovered it to seal the win.

"We had a chance to win it at the end," McCoy said. "We played hard. I think Mike (Evans) had a good time. I know I had a good time. At the end, the money was on the line, and then pride kicks in and guys don't want to embarrass themselves. They want to show why they're here. I think the level of play was good."

McCoy said he was proud of his sack -- "any sack you can get, whether it's practice, whenever, always feels good" -- but he's glad to be able to take a break now and rest his body as he gears up for the 2017 season.

"I'm about to go lay down," he said. "My foot is hurting. My back is hurting. My shoulder hurts. My hands are freezing. I am done."

[Last modified: Monday, January 30, 2017 12:10am]


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