2004 Pro Bowl
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The 2004 Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 2003 season. The game was played on February 8, 2004, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The final score was NFC 55, AFC 52, the most points scored in a Pro Bowl game. Marc Bulger of the St. Louis Rams was the game's MVP.
|Date||February 8, 2004|
|Stadium||Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii|
|MVP||Marc Bulger (St. Louis Rams)|
|National anthem||Kiley Dean|
|TV in the United States|
|Announcers||Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann, and Paul Maguire|
The AFC's first play set the tone for what would become a high-scoring affair. Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair faked a handoff to running back Jamal Lewis before throwing to Chad Johnson for a 90-yard touchdown pass, the third-longest scoring play in Pro Bowl history. After the NFC got the ball back, they were forced to punt after a three-and-out. However, the punt by Todd Sauerbrun was blocked, and Ed Reed of the Ravens recovered it and ran it into the end zone, giving the AFC a 14–0 lead early on. The NFC responded with a touchdown by Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander, and Jeff Wilkins kicked a field goal to bring the NFC to within four. After Mike Vanderjagt kicked a field goal of his own, the score at the end of the first quarter was 17–10 AFC. Peyton Manning came on for the AFC at the second quarter, and hit Colts teammate Marvin Harrison with a 50-yard strike, as well as another touchdown pass to Tony Gonzalez. Wilkins kicked another field goal for the NFC, and the halftime score was 31–13 in favor of the AFC.
The AFC continued to add onto their lead with a Jamal Lewis touchdown, putting the score at 38–13. However, Marc Bulger, who had taken over at NFC quarterback from Daunte Culpepper, threw two quick touchdown passes to Torry Holt and Keenan McCardell, to bring the score to 38–27 at the end of three. Once again, the AFC struck quickly at the start of a quarter, when Trent Green hit Clinton Portis with a 22-yard touchdown pass. With less than 14 minutes remaining in the game, the score was 45–27.
Bulger quickly threw a scoring pass to tight end Alge Crumpler, and a short time later hit Alexander with another touchdown pass. Although the two-point conversion attempt after Alexander's touchdown failed, the score was still 45–40 with just over five minutes to play. Just after that, Dré Bly picked off Manning and returned the interception for a touchdown, giving the NFC the lead for the first time in the game. Counting the successful two-point conversion after Bly's touchdown, the NFC had scored 18 points in 8 minutes. Alexander scored another rushing touchdown with three and a half minutes remaining to add to the NFC's lead. Manning, however, responded with a touchdown pass to Hines Ward, and the AFC was down by three. Safety Brock Marion picked off Bulger in the end zone and ran it back to the AFC's 22-yard line. Manning had 1:15 left on the clock and no timeouts. After two passes to his favorite target, Harrison, as well as another to Ward, the AFC found itself on the NFC's 21-yard line. Kris Jenkins sacked Manning to send the AFC back, though, and with six seconds left, Vanderjagt, who hadn't missed a kick (field goal or extra point) all season, was wide right on a 51-yard attempt.
The game set several records. Ironically, the AFC's total of 31 points in the first half was a Pro Bowl record, but wouldn't last the game, as the NFC responded by putting up 42 points in the second half.
- 1st Quarter
- AFC – Chad Johnson 90-yard pass from Steve McNair (Mike Vanderjagt kick), 12:25. AFC 7–0. Drive: 1 play, 90 yards, 0:15.
- AFC – Ed Reed 23-yard blocked punt return (Mike Vanderjagt kick), 11:02. AFC 14–0.
- NFC – Shaun Alexander 12-yard run (Jeff Wilkins kick), 7:29. AFC 14–7. Drive: 4 yards, 70 yards, 3:33.
- NFC – Jeff Wilkins 28-yard field goal, 2:52. AFC 14–10. Drive: 6 plays, 60 yards, 3:22.
- AFC – Mike Vanderjagt 27-yard field goal, 0:11. AFC 17–10. Drive: 7 plays, 77 yards, 2:41.
- 2nd Quarter
- NFC – Jeff Wilkins 38-yard field goal, 10:07. AFC 17–13. Drive: 6 plays, 34 yards, 2:16.
- AFC – Marvin Harrison 50-yard pass from Peyton Manning (Mike Vanderjagt kick), 6:44. AFC 24–13. Drive: 7 plays, 72 yards, 3:23.
- AFC – Tony Gonzalez 9-yard pass from Peyton Manning (Mike Vanderjagt kick), 0:54. AFC 31–13. Drive: 10 plays, 60 yards, 3:58.
- 3rd Quarter
- AFC – Jamal Lewis 22-yard run (Mike Vanderjagt kick), 11:08. AFC 38–13. Drive: 8 plays, 71 yards, 3:52.
- NFC – Torry Holt 12-yard pass from Marc Bulger (Jeff Wilkins kick), 8:08. AFC 38–20. Drive: 2 plays, 28 yards, 0:45.
- NFC – Keenan McCardell 2-yard pass from Marc Bulger (Jeff Wilkins kick), 5:47. AFC 38–27. Drive: 3 plays, 7 yards, 1:20.
- 4th Quarter
- AFC – Clinton Portis 23-yard pass from Trent Green (Mike Vanderjagt kick), 13:14. AFC 45–27. Drive: 5 plays, 81 yards, 2:28.
- NFC – Alge Crumpler 33-yard pass from Marc Bulger (Jeff Wilkins kick), 12:54. AFC 45–34. Drive: 1 play, 33 yards, 0:20.
- NFC – Shaun Alexander 5-yard pass from Marc Bulger (pass failed), 5:43. AFC 45–40. Drive: 8 plays, 88 yards, 4:16.
- NFC – Dré Bly 32-yard interception return (Ahman Green run), 4:50. NFC 48–45.
- NFC – Shaun Alexander 2-yard run (Jeff Wilkins kick), 3:32. NFC: 55–45. Drive: 1 play, 2 yards, 0:03.
- AFC – Hines Ward 10-yard pass from Peyton Manning (Mike Vanderjagt kick), 1:54. NFC: 55–52. Drive: 9 plays, 78 yards, 1:38.
|Quarterback||9 Steve McNair, Tennessee||10 Trent Green, Kansas City
18 Peyton Manning, Indianapolis
|Running back||31 Jamal Lewis, Baltimore||31 Priest Holmes, Kansas City
26 Clinton Portis, Denver
|Fullback||49 Tony Richardson, Kansas City|
|Wide receiver||88 Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis
85 Chad Johnson, Cincinnati
|85 Derrick Mason, Tennessee
86 Hines Ward, Pittsburgh
|Tight end||88 Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City||86 Todd Heap, Baltimore|
|Offensive tackle||75 Jonathan Ogden, Baltimore
77 Willie Roaf, Kansas City[b]
|71 Willie Anderson, Cincinnati[c]||72 Brad Hopkins, Tennessee[a]|
|Offensive guard||66 Alan Faneca, Pittsburgh
68 Will Shields, Kansas City
|79 Ruben Brown, Buffalo|
|Center||68 Kevin Mawae, N.Y. Jets||66 Tom Nalen, Denver|
|Defensive end||93 Dwight Freeney, Indianapolis
93 Adewale Ogunleye, Miami
|92 Shaun Ellis, N.Y. Jets|
|Defensive tackle||93 Richard Seymour, New England
99 Marcus Stroud, Jacksonville
|98 Casey Hampton, Pittsburgh|
|Outside linebacker||58 Peter Boulware, Baltimore[b]
51 Takeo Spikes, Buffalo
|53 Keith Bulluck, Tennessee[c]||55 Willie McGinest, New England[a]|
|Inside linebacker||52 Ray Lewis, Baltimore||54 Zach Thomas, Miami||56 Al Wilson, Denver[d]|
|Cornerback||24 Ty Law, New England
23 Patrick Surtain, Miami
|21 Chris McAlister, Baltimore|
|Free safety||20 Ed Reed, Baltimore|
|Strong safety||31 Brock Marion, Miami||21 Jerome Woods, Kansas City|
|Punter||15 Craig Hentrich, Tennessee|
|Placekicker||13 Mike Vanderjagt, Indianapolis|
|Kick returner||82 Wes Welker, Miami|
|Special teamer||96 Adalius Thomas, Baltimore[b]||55 Gary Stills, Kansas City[a]|
|Quarterback||11 Daunte Culpepper, Minnesota|| 4 Brett Favre, Green Bay[b]
5 Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia[b]
| 8 Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle[a]|
10 Marc Bulger, St. Louis[a]
|Running back||30 Ahman Green, Green Bay||48 Stephen Davis, Carolina
26 Deuce McAllister, New Orleans[b]
|37 Shaun Alexander, Seattle[a]|
|Fullback||40 Fred Beasley, San Francisco|
|Wide receiver||81 Torry Holt, St. Louis
84 Randy Moss, Minnesota[b]
|81 Anquan Boldin, Arizona[c]
81 Terrell Owens, Philadelphia[b]
|87 Keenan McCardell, Tampa Bay[a]|
80 Laveranues Coles, Washington[a]
|Tight end||83 Alge Crumpler, Atlanta||80 Jeremy Shockey, N.Y. Giants[b]||88 Bubba Franks, Green Bay[a]|
|Offensive tackle||76 Flozell Adams, Dallas
76 Orlando Pace, St. Louis
|71 Walter Jones, Seattle|
|Offensive guard||73 Larry Allen, Dallas
62 Marco Rivera, Green Bay
|65 LeCharles Bentley, New Orleans[b]||76 Steve Hutchinson, Seattle[a]|
|Center||57 Olin Kreutz, Chicago[b]||78 Matt Birk, Minnesota[c]||58 Mike Flanagan, Green Bay[a]|
|Defensive end||97 Simeon Rice, Tampa Bay[b]
92 Michael Strahan, N.Y. Giants
|91 Leonard Little, St. Louis[c]||94 Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Green Bay[a]|
93 Mike Rucker, Carolina[d]
|Defensive tackle||97 La'Roi Glover, Dallas
77 Kris Jenkins, Carolina
|99 Warren Sapp, Tampa Bay[b]||90 Corey Simon, Philadelphia[a]|
|Outside linebacker||56 LaVar Arrington, Washington
55 Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay[b]
|98 Julian Peterson, San Francisco[c]||52 Dexter Coakley, Dallas[a]|
|Inside linebacker||54 Brian Urlacher, Chicago||56 Keith Brooking, Atlanta|
|Cornerback||24 Champ Bailey, Washington
32 Dré Bly, Detroit
|23 Troy Vincent, Philadelphia|
|Free safety||21 Corey Chavous, Minnesota|
|Strong safety||31 Roy Williams, Dallas||35 Aeneas Williams, St. Louis|
|Punter||10 Todd Sauerbrun, Carolina|
|Placekicker||14 Jeff Wilkins, St. Louis|
|Kick returner||23 Jerry Azumah, Chicago|
|Special teamer||85 Alex Bannister, Seattle|
Number of selections per teamEdit
|AFC Team||Selections||NFC Team||Selections|
|Kansas City Chiefs||9||Green Bay Packers||6|
|Baltimore Ravens||8||St. Louis Rams||6|
|Tennessee Titans||5||Dallas Cowboys||5|
|Indianapolis Colts||4||Seattle Seahawks||5|
|Miami Dolphins||4||Carolina Panthers||4|
|Denver Broncos||3||Minnesota Vikings||4|
|New England Patriots||3||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||3||Chicago Bears||3|
|Buffalo Bills||2||Philadelphia Eagles||3|
|Cincinnati Bengals||2||San Francisco 49ers||3|
|New York Jets||2||Washington Redskins||3|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||1||Atlanta Falcons||2|
|Cleveland Browns||0||New Orleans Saints||2|
|Houston Texans||0||New York Giants||2|
|Oakland Raiders||0||Arizona Cardinals||1|
|San Diego Chargers||0||Detroit Lions||1|