Brandon Marshall of the Miami Dolphins had a record four touchdown receptions as the AFC beat the NFC 59-41 in the National Football League’s Pro Bowl.
The American Football Conference scored four straight second-half touchdowns to erase a 35-31 deficit at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, with Marshall catching two scoring passes from Cincinnati Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton. Marshall had a team-leading six touchdown catches for the Dolphins during the regular season.
“These guys were just putting it in the right places and I was making the play,” Marshall, who was voted the game’s Most Valuable Player, said in a televised interview. “This is my playoffs. It’s fun.”
It was the highest-scoring game in Pro Bowl history and leaves the series tied 21-21.
Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals caught three touchdown passes for the National Football Conference, including one from Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton, who was intercepted three times.
Dalton, Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers each had two touchdown passes for the AFC. Newton, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers each threw two touchdown passes for the NFC.
The All-Star matchup was played the week before the Super Bowl for the third straight year, meaning players selected from the New York Giants and New England Patriots were unavailable. The Giants and Patriots will meet in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 in Indianapolis.