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HONOLULU - While everyone was playing at half-speed and ready to extend their Hawaiian vacation, Brandon Marshall played as if it was his last game.

The Dolphins wide receiver and former UCF standout caught six passes for 176 yards and a Pro Bowl-record four touchdowns, and the AFC beat the NFC 59-41 Sunday.

"You never know when you're going to be back," Marshall said, "and I wanted to go all out because it could be my last Pro Bowl."

He had a touchdown catch in each quarter, including an early 74-yarder and a 3-yarder in the fourth, to earn game MVP honors. His name joins the likes of Walter Payton and Jerry Rice on the MVP banners at Aloha Stadium.

"You know what? I wanted it," he said. "It's a Pro Bowl. Some guys are playing 100 (percent), some guys are playing 90, some guys aren't playing at all, but it means a lot to be up in the rafters with some of these guys."

The 59 points by the AFC set a Pro Bowl mark, and the 100 points scored by the teams was the second highest, a touchdown shy of the 107 in 2004.

Marshall hauled in a deflected, go-ahead 47-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton, while on his back, to give the AFC a 38-35 lead late in the third quarter and tie Jimmy Smith's Pro Bowl record of three TD catches set in 2004. Marshall's 3-yard TD from Dalton gave the AFC a 52-35 lead with 8:25 left and put the game away.

The game featured 36 first-timers, including rookie quarterbacks Cam Newton of the Panthers and Dalton of the Bengals. Offensive lineman Davin Joseph was the lone Buc chosen.

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ESPN reported that the Colts are going to name Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler as defensive coordinator. That would give Indianapolis both coordinators off of Pittsburgh's 2011 staff; Bruce Arians, the Steelers' offensive coordinator until he and the team parted last week, is expected to take the same post with the Colts.

Meanwhile, NFL Network reported that Jim Caldwell, fired as Colts coach, is a candidate for Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator position.

Also, Colts owner Jim Irsay denied a report that he had already decided to let veteran quarterback Peyton Manning go. Manning is due a $28 million roster bonus by March 8.

FALCONS: Former Fresno State coach Pat Hill was named offensive line coach.