The 2012 Pro Bowl took place on Sunday at Aloha Stadium in Hawaii. The game was a strange mix of lackluster play and nonstop passing fireworks. Although three Bay Area players provided some entertaining moments, it was the AFC team that came out on top, 59-41.
San Francisco 49ers All-Star kicker David Akers had a pair of successful onside kickss and also kicked five successful PATs. Niners punter Andy Lee also contributed a classic Pro Bowl moment (at least for Bay Area fans) when he completed his first career complete pass on a fake punt to convert an NFC first down. He also punted four times for 204 yards, with an average punt of 51 yards.
On the winning team, Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 37-yard field goal in the third quarter to put the AFC up by a score of 31-28 at the time. It was the only field goal attempt in the game. The teams in no way played small ball. All three quarterbacks on both teams threw at least one touchdown pass and one player from each team had three touchdowns or more. On the NFC team, Larry Fitzgerald grabbed three touchdowns, two from Aaron Rodgers and one from Cam Newton. For the AFC, Brandon Marshall caught touchdown passes from Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers and Andy Dalton.
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