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NFL: NFC outdoes AFC in NFL Pro Bowl exhibition game

AFP , HONOLULU

Larry Fitzgerald caught a pair of touchdown passes to lead the National Conference to a 30-21 victory over the American Conference in the National Football League’s Pro Bowl exhibition on Sunday.

Fitzgerald, who was the unstoppable force in the Arizona Cardinals’ stunning run to the Super Bowl championship game, capped off his spectacular postseason with five receptions for 81 yards, including scoring passes of 46 and 2 yards.

The fifth-year wideout had seven catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns in Arizona’s 27-23 loss to Pittsburgh in Super Bowl 43.

Fitzgerald was named MVP of the all-star style Pro Bowl.

It was a fitting finale after a stellar playoff performance from Fitzgerald.

In his last five games, Fitzgerald torched opposing defenses for 37 receptions and nine touchdown catches.

With the NFC at the 2-yard line and just under four-and-a-half minutes to play, Fitzgerald was sent back into the game — and everyone knew where the ball was going.

NFC quarterback Eli Manning of the New York Giants lobbed a pass into the left corner of the end zone to Fitzgerald, who easily outjumped Tennessee Titans cornerback Cortland Finnegan for the touchdown and a 24-21 lead with 4:03 to play.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson added a 10-yard scoring run and 44-year-old John Carney of the Giants, the oldest player to ever appear in a Pro Bowl, kicked three field goals for the NFC.

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