Tolbert conversion gives Rice 22-21 Pro Bowl win

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 27, 2014 at 2:41 am •  Published: January 27, 2014
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"Great Job Goat!!!!" Sanders tweeted toward Rice after the game. "Enjoy this moment cause u know I'm hot right now."

The result Sunday was a game that appeared more competitive than in years past, with some big hits — even between teammates — and fewer shenanigans.

"It was crazy, but we had fun with it," Gordon said. "I loved it and enjoyed it."

Gordon was flipped by teammate T.J. Ward on one of the biggest hits in the game.

"I don't think he knew what he was doing, but I'll give him the benefit of a doubt on that one," Gordon said. "I'll get him back in Cleveland."

Jackson caught the game's first touchdown pass from Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck threw the ball 36 yards into double coverage in the end zone on a flea flicker, where Jackson wrestled it away from Titans cornerback Alterraun Verner.

Graham caught an 8-yard fade in the second quarter from Brees, turning around Brees' slow start. Graham dunked the ball over the crossbar in celebration, but San Diego safety Eric Weddle jokingly defended the attempt.

Newton scored on 1-yard run up the middle for a touchdown, making up for an earlier interception on a ball Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden wrestled away from Jackson.

Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson — who had a big hit in the first half on Chiefs teammate Jamaal Charles — was selected as the game's defensive MVP for Team Rice.

"I didn't expect it, but he's out there doing his thing," said Charles, who was knocked out of Kansas City's playoff loss to Indianapolis with a concussion. "I can't get mad at him — it's just about football and you've just got to be ready."

"If you stand back, he's going to make you look pretty bad, so I had to go out and really give it to him," Johnson said. "I would never try to hurt my teammate at all, but compete a little bit."

Johnson had nine tackles, including eight solo tackles. Carolina linebacker Luke Kuechly had 12 tackles, including 11 solo tackles.

Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez caught three passes for 50 yards in his final NFL game. The retiring receiver likely headed to the Hall of Fame was a replacement in the game for 49ers tight end Vernon Davis.

Gonzalez said there is "no chance" he'll return next year.

"This is it for me. I had the privilege of a nice, long career in this league and I was blessed to have done so," Gonzalez said. "It was nice to be able to come back to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl one last time and end it out here."

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Oskar Garcia can be reached on Twitter at http://twitter.com/oskargarcia


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