Larry Fitzgerald had two touchdowns in the first six minutes of the game and
The AFC ended up with a 59-41 victory as Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton struggled in throwing three interceptions in the second half while the AFC pulled away.
Fitzgerald did end up catching a third touchdown pass late in the game – he finished with six catches for 111 yards and the three scores – but was outshined by Miami Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall. Marshall was named the game’s MVP after scoring a Pro Bowl-record four touchdowns on his six catches for 177 yards.
Fitzgerald now has seven career Pro Bowl touchdowns, most in the game’s history.
In a game where defense is just a suggestion, the Cards weren’t going to get many highlights from safety
Peterson did end up with four tackles and a pass defensed, but he was also on the wrong side of a couple of touchdown passes, including Marshall’s record-breaking TD.
Peterson did not get a chance to return a punt – the AFC did not punt the whole game – but averaged 30.8 yards on four kickoff returns. He also made an eight-yard reception on a fake punt, with a pass from 49ers punter Andy Lee. Peterson snagged the pass with just his right hand and picked up a first down on fourth-and-3.
The track meet of a game went back and forth when the NFC had Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers and New Orleans’ Drew Brees on the field, but Newton had a tough Pro Bowl debut as a rookie. He completed only 9-of-27 passes (the other five quarterbacks in the game were 47-for-70) and threw the three picks that changed the complexion of the game.