Brandon Marshall Leads A.F.C. to Pro Bowl Victory

The N.F.C. had three players with at least 100 yards receiving: Atlanta’s Tony Gonzalez (seven catches for 114 yards), Arizona’s Larry Fitzgerald (six for 111) and Carolina’s Steve Smith (five for 118).

But the night belonged to Marshall. A wide receiver for the , Marshall had a touchdown catch in each quarter, including an early 74-yarder and a 3-yarder in the fourth, in a game filled with highlight-reel catches. He was selected the game’s most valuable player.

Marshall hauled in a deflected 47-yard touchdown pass from Andy Dalton, while on his back, to give the A.F.C. a 38-35 lead late in the third quarter. It was Marshall’s third scoring catch of the game, tying Jimmy Smith’s Pro Bowl record set in 2004.

Marshall, making his third Pro Bowl appearance, then caught a 3-yard scoring pass from Dalton that gave the A.F.C. a 52-35 lead with 8 minutes 25 seconds left and put the game away.

The game featured 36 first-timers, including the rookie quarterbacks Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers and Dalton of the Cincinnati Bengals, who replaced the quarterbacks Eli Manning and Tom Brady.

While Dalton looked composed, Newton played horribly, struggling to move the ball, stay in the pocket and find his targets, which drew some boos from the sellout crowd of 48,423.

Newton finished 9 of 27 for 186 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Dalton was 7 of 9 for 99 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers was 13 of 17 for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns, giving him a quarterback rating of 139.6, higher than his N.F.L.-record 122.5 rating during the season.

Rodgers and Fitzgerald connected for two touchdowns on back-to-back plays to put the N.F.C. up by 14-0.

Rodgers threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Fitzgerald, and after the N.F.C. recovered an onside kick, he fired a 44-yard pass into the end zone to Fitzgerald for another score six seconds later.

Each A.F.C. player earned a record $50,000 for the win; N.F.C. players received $25,000.

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