Carolina Panthers running back Mike Tolbert’s two-point conversion run made the difference Sunday night in a 22-21 victory for Team Rice over Team Sanders in the NFL’s annual Pro Bowl Game in Honolulu.
In a change in format this year, the competing players were chosen for the contest by traditional ballot, but were picked for their respective teams by former stars Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders.
Tolbert’s run with 41 seconds remaining in the game followed a 20-yard touchdown pass from Alex Smith to DeMarco Murray. Team Rice also scored on touchdown tosses by Drew Brees to Jimmy Graham and by Phillip Rivers to Josh Gordon.
For Team Sanders, Cam Newton scored on a touchdown run, Andrew Luck fired a scoring pass to DeSean Jackson and Nick Foles threw a TD ball to Jordan Cameron.
The game featured eight turnovers, including six interceptions, and nine quarterback sacks. Foles, the only QB not to throw a pick, was named Offensive MVP. The Defensive MVP award went to Kansas City’s Derrick Johnson, playing for the winning team.