Sunday, April 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bucs' Martin, Winston lend highlights to high-scoring Pro Bowl

HONOLULU — Russell Wilson threw three first-half touchdown passes to lead Team Irvin to a 49-27 victory over Team Rice in the NFL Pro Bowl on Sunday.

The Seahawks star, who was the first player picked in the all-star game's draft, led scoring drives on three of Team Irvin's first four possessions at Aloha Stadium. He threw touchdown passes of 14 and 2 yards to Falcons teammates Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman, respectively, in the opening quarter.

Early in the second quarter, Wilson connected with Rams running back Todd Gurley for a 10-yard score.

Wilson was selected the game's offensive most valuable player, while Seahawks teammate Michael Bennett was defensive MVP.

Bucs rookie quarterback Jameis Winston threw two of Team Irvin's seven touchdown passes and was 6-of-12 for 113 yards.

Winston found Titans tight end Delanie Walker for a 53-yard catch and run touchdown late in the third quarter, then hit Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins for a 7-yard score with 7:50 left in the game.

Bucs running back Doug Martin led Team Rice with 20 yards rushing on seven carries and the game's only touchdown on the ground, a 3-yarder in the third quarter.

Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David had five tackles, four solo, for Team Irvin, which had six interceptions.

Minnesota's Teddy Bridge­water also added two touchdown passes for Team Irvin. In addition to Walker and Hopkins, Jacksonville's Allen Robinson and Philadelphia's Darren Sproles had scoring receptions.

Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce caught two scoring passes for Team Rice. Miami's Jarvis Landry also had a touchdown catch.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie of the New York Giants had two of Team Irvin's six interceptions.

After Kelce's 4-yard reception from Manning gave Team Rice a 7-0 lead, Jones tip-toed the left sideline just after hauling in Wilson's pass near the back corner of the end zone for a 14-yard score.

Freeman, a former teammate at FSU with Winston, had five touches (three carries, two receptions) on the drive that culminated in his TD grab.

The drive was set up by an interception by Dallas Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee off Manning.

Kelce caught the second of his two TD on a 10-yard pass from Oakland's Derek Carr to cut Team Rice's deficit to 21-14.

Team Irvin added a score late in the second quarter on a 2-yard touchdown pass from Bridgewater to Sproles to hold a 28-14 lead after two quarters.

The halftime festivities included a parade of local high school football players. Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota, a Honolulu native, led his alma mater, Saint Louis School, onto the field during the procession and was greeted by loud cheers from the sellout crowd of 50,000.

It was the 35th time the NFL's annual all-star game was played at Aloha Stadium dating to 1980, and the third consecutive season that it has used an "unconferenced" format.

The game was played at in Glendale, Ariz., last year. The site of next year's Pro Bowl has not yet been determined by the NFL, although it does have an option to return to Hawaii.

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