x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

NFC take the honours as Pro Bowl returns to Hawaii

The NFC race to a 42-point first-half lead before coasting to a 55-41 victory over the AFC in the Pro Bowl.

NFC running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings gets tackled by AFC cornerback Devin McCourty. left, of the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens' Billy Cundiff, right, during the fourth quarter of the NFL Pro Bowl.
NFC running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings gets tackled by AFC cornerback Devin McCourty. left, of the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens' Billy Cundiff, right, during the fourth quarter of the NFL Pro Bowl.

HONOLULU // The NFC raced to a 42-point first-half lead before coasting to a 55-41 victory over the AFC in the Pro Bowl.

The NFC stormed to a 42-0 advantage in the second quarter, aided by a 34-yard fumble return for a touchdown by the Washington Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall, who won the game's Most Valuable Player Award.

Quarterbacks Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers and Matt Cassel of the Kansas City Chiefs threw two touchdown passes each for the AFC, who made the game interesting by pulling within 45-28 late in the third quarter.

The Pro Bowl was played in advance of the Super Bowl for the second consecutive year after previously being contested after the season, and returned to its regular site in Honolulu following last year's break of tradition in Miami.