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Rice's team beats Deion's in Pro Bowl

HONOLULU — Dallas running back DeMarco Murray caught a 20-yard touchdown pass and Carolina's Mike Tolbert ran for a two-point conversion with 41 seconds left to give Jerry Rice's team a 22-21 win over Deion Sanders' in the Pro Bowl on Sunday.

Baltimore's Justin Tucker missed a 67-yard field goal on the final play. Earlier, he missed a 66-yarder.

A draft divided the teams led by the Hall of Famers instead of the AFC vs. NFC format. That led to usual teammates pitted against each other.

The game, played in a consistent rain, had six interceptions (on one, Chiefs safety Eric Berry pitched the ball to Bucs cornerback Darrelle Revis, who ran 15 yards for Team Sanders), two fumbles and nine sacks (two by Bucs tackle Gerald McCoy for Team Sanders).

"It was definitely sloppy," Texans defensive end J.J. Watt said. "There was a lot of turnovers because of the weather."

But it was competitive with big hits — even between teammates — and few shenanigans. It was only the second time in the past 15 games fewer than 50 points were scored.

Early, Saints and Team Rice quarterback Drew Brees was hit from the blind side on consecutive snaps. Tolbert bowled over Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly. And Team Rice picked up a first down on a fake punt.

"It was crazy, but we had fun with it," said Browns receiver Josh Gordon, who was flipped by Browns safety T.J. Ward on a big hit. "I loved it and enjoyed it."

Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson had a big hit on Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles

"I didn't expect it, but he's out there doing his thing," Charles said. "I can't get mad at him. It's just about football, and you've just got to be ready."

Said Johnson: "If you stand back, he's going to make you look pretty bad. So I had to go out and really give it to him. I would never try to hurt my teammate at all … but compete a little bit."

Rice's team beats Deion's in Pro Bowl 01/26/14 [Last modified: Monday, January 27, 2014 12:23am]
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