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|Texans' Schaub Shines in Pro Bowl as AFC Beats NFC
|MIAMI (AP) -- In an all-star game without many all-stars, the new-look Pro Bowl became a run-and-gun affair.
The AFC outscored the NFC 41-34 at newly renamed Sun Life Stadium in Miami, the site of next Sunday's Super Bowl 44. Houston QB Matt Schaub tossed a pair of first-quarter TDs and was named MVP after completing 13 of 17 passes for 189 yards.
Defense was as optional as a fur coat on South Beach. The teams combined for 987 total yards in the pass-happy game. The AFC passed for 418 yards with the NFC throwing for 417.
Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers threw two touchdown passes and Philadelphia's DeSean Jackson caught two TDs in a losing cause for the NFC.
After more than three decades in Honolulu, the Pro Bowl moved stateside. It's also the first time the game was played the week before the Super Bowl instead of the week after. One benefit of the experimental one-year shift was a crowd of 70,698, largest for a Pro Bowl since the game in Los Angeles in 1959.
However, nearly 40 percent of those originally selected didn't play. More than a dozen players pulled out citing injuries. Another 14 players from the Saints and Colts sat out because they're preparing for the Super Bowl next Sunday.
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