Vikings RB Adrian Peterson could well win NFL MVP honors in less than a week.
But the Vikings already have another MVP on their roster.
TE Kyle Rudolph took home Pro Bowl MVP honors on Sunday night after hauling in 5 receptions for 122 yards and 1 TD. It was the first Pro Bowl appearance in the 2-year pro’s career, and he came ready to play. The majority of Rudolph’s contributions came early in the game as the NFC built an insurmountable lead. Rudolph’s 3-yard TD grab from NY Giants QB Eli Manning came late in the 2nd quarter and gave the NFC a 31-14 lead at halftime. Also, Rudolph’s 122 receiving yards was a game high.
In the regular season, Rudolph had 9 TDs, which was tied for 1st (Jimmy Graham) in the NFC and tied for 2nd in the NFL (Rob Gronkowski).
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Kyle Rudolph had a 3-yard TD reception and led the NFC with 122 receiving yards on 5 receptions. Blair Walsh hit FGs of 48 and 26 yards to go along with 8 PATs. Chad Greenway had a fumble recovery. Jerome Felton had a 4th quarter TD run. It was a good night for Vikings at the Pro Bowl.
Those contributions plus many others from the rest of the NFC squad led to a 62-35 victory over the AFC in the Pro Bowl. Rudolph’s TD came from NY Giants QB Eli Manning and it gave the NFC a commanding 31-14 lead as the squads went into the locker rooms at halftime. Felton’s TD came midway through the 4th quarter, with the game out of hand, and it gave the NFC its 62nd point and a 34-point lead.
Matt Kalil played much of the game while rotating between LT and RT, while Jared Allen also played much of the game and emphasized the importance of players participating in the game when voted in by their peers during a sideline interview during the 4th quarter. It’s notable that Allen made the statement because he’s played through a shoulder injury all season and did so once again during the Pro Bowl.
Adrian Peterson, who won Pro Bowl MVP honors after the 2007 season, had 5 carries for 13 yards and made a quick exit.
The NFC’s victory this year marks their 4th in the last 6 games.
Other standouts from the game included:
– Packers C Jeff Saturday snapping the ball to Broncos QB Peyton Manning. Saturday played for the NFC and Manning for the AFC, but the snap was a special moment because the two were long-time teammates with the Indianapolis Colts, and Saturday is set to retire this year.
– NY Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul intercepting a pass intended for Houston DE JJ Watt and thrown by Indianapolis QB Andrew Luck.
– Bengals WR AJ Green grabbing 7 receptions for 119 yards and 3 TDs.
– NY Giants QB Eli Manning going 16 of 23 for 191 yards and 2 TDs.
– Seattle QB Russell Wilson going 8 of 10 for 98 yards and 3 TDs.
– Buccaneers WR Vincent Jackson and NY Giants WR Victor Cruz combining for 16 receptions for 187 yards and 3 TDs.
– Saints QB Drew Brees throwing for 131 yards and 1 TD on 8 of 11 passing.
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