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GARCIA'S TD PASS IS A KEY IN NFC VICTORY

Bucs quarterback Jeff Garcia threw a 6-yard touchdown to Terrell Owens for the winning points, and MVP Adrian Peterson provided a security score as the NFC rallied for a 42-30 victory over the AFC in the Pro Bowl on Sunday.

Peterson ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns, and Owens had two TD receptions.

Peterson's performance was the first of more than 100 yards since Marshall Faulk had 180 and Chris Warren added 127 in 1995. The Minnesota running back joined Faulk as the only rookies to win Pro Bowl MVP.

"Good company," Peterson said.

Owens, who finished with eight catches for 101 yards, said he wasn't surprised that Peterson won the award: "He'll be in Minnesota his whole life and buying a lot of fur coats."

Neither side held back the tricks in front of a sellout crowd of 50,044 at Aloha Stadium. There was a fake punt, a throwback kickoff return and a handful of fourth-down gambles.

One of those was a 34-yard pass to Owens from fellow Cowboy Tony Romo that sparked the comeback. Before that huge play, Owens had a pair of ugly drops that drew boos.

NFC players won $40,000.

The 48 first-half points tied the Pro Bowl record.

Former FSU player Antonio Cromartie, the league's interception leader, returned a tipped pass 56 yards to set up an AFC touchdown, one of his two interceptions.

Quite a debut for someone who barely played before the 2007 season?

"I don't see it like that," Cromartie said. "I just go out and have fun and do what I'm supposed to."

But it was Peterson's debut that was most impressive.

"Can I top this?" Peterson said as he leaned against the Cadillac given to the MVP. "Yeah, you always set your bar high."

HALL OF FAME GAME: The Redskins and Colts will meet Aug. 3 in the annual preseason game at Canton, Ohio.

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