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Updated: January 29th, 2012 9:45pm
Chad Greenway makes one of few plays for NFC in runaway Pro Bowl loss

Chad Greenway makes one of few plays for NFC in runaway Pro Bowl loss

by Tom Pelissero
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Chad Greenway forced and recovered a fumble at the goal line to stop one AFC drive in Sunday's Pro Bowl. But that was one of few bright moments for the NFC's half-speed defense in a 59-41 loss at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.

Miami receiver Brandon Marshall became the first player in the all-star game's 74-year history to score four touchdowns for the AFC, which trailed by four early in the third quarter before taking control with Cincinnati rookie Andy Dalton at quarterback.

Jared Allen started at right end for the NFC and his Minnesota Vikings teammate Greenway entered the game on the second series.

Like many other linemen, Allen didn't even break a sweat, usually just taking a few half-speed steps off the line of scrimmage on each snap. He was credited with one solo tackle.

The NFC led 35-31 when Bengals rookie A.J. Green tried to stretch the ball to the goal line as Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner held his legs. Greenway jarred loose the ball, then fell on it in the end zone for a touchback with 5 minutes, 31 seconds to go.

It was downhill from there for the NFC, which gave up a 47-yard touchdown from Dalton to Marshall -- who finished with 176 yards on six catches and was named the game's MVP -- on the AFC's next drive and didn't score again until Cam Newton's 36-yard touchdown pass to Larry Fitzgerald with 2:37 to go.

Each member of the AFC team received $50,000 for the win. NFC players got $25,000 each.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Jared Allen, Chad Greenway