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Sunday, February 12, 2006

6 of 7 Seahawks Participate in Pro Bowl



From Seahawks.com:

Derrick Brooks and the NFC's solid defense gave the NFL's so-called inferior conference something to feel good about.

Brooks returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown, the AFC committed six of the Pro Bowl's 10 turnovers, and the NFC rallied for a sloppy 23-17 victory Sunday in a game that didn't turn out to be the offensive show most expected.

Brooks, the Tampa Bay linebacker playing in his ninth straight Pro Bowl, was honored as the game's outstanding player and received a car on the field shortly after the game ended.

Neil Rackers kicked a 22-yard field goal with 6:29 left to give the NFC a 20-17 lead. With Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck at quarterback, the NFC moved 59 yards before its drive stalled, and coach John Fox was booed for opting for the field goal on fourth-and-2.

Hasselbeck was 10-of-17 for 85 yards for the game, and the AFC's Larry Johnson and the NFC's Tiki Barber were the game's top rushers with 33 yards each.

Shaun Alexander, the NFL's Most Valuable Player, dressed for the game but didn't play because of a sprained right foot. He was hurt in Seattle's Super Bowl loss. Seahawks rookie linebacker Lofa Tatupu led the NFC with 6 tackles.

Steve McNair mishandled two snaps from center after that, and the NFC recovered both. Jeremiah Trotter fell on the second one at the AFC 18, and Rackers kicked a 20-yard field goal with 1:10 left to complete the scoring.

The AFC reached the NFC 49 before McNair threw three incompletions and was sacked by Michael Strahan on the game's final play.

AFC teams have won five of the past six Super Bowls including Pittsburgh's 21-10 triumph over Seattle on Feb. 5, and the NFC had lost four of the last five Pro Bowls entering this one.

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