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Lorenzo Alexander Leads NFC In Tackles In Pro Bowl Victory

By ZAC BOYER | zboyer@freelancestar.com

Lorenzo Alexander had a team-high five tackles as the NFC defeated the AFC 62-35 in the Pro Bowl, the NFL’s annual all-star game, in Honolulu on Sunday.

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The Washington Redskins’ reserve linebacker was chosen to play in the game as a special teams player, but none of his five tackles came on special teams. He played extensively in the first and fourth quarters, and he tackled Indianapolis receiver Reggie Wayne for a five-yard loss for his first tackle.

London Fletcher started at middle linebacker and had four tackles – including one on Cleveland receiver Josh Cribbs during a kickoff return midway through the first quarter.

Ryan Kerrigan, the third Redskins linebacker chosen to play in the game, entered as a reserve in the second half and had two tackles.

Two other Redskins players – quarterback Robert Griffin III and left tackle Trent Williams – were selected to the game but did not play. Griffin is recovering from surgery on the ACL and LCL in his right knee, while Williams was attacked at a Honolulu nightclub early Friday morning and was held out of the game as a precaution.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning completed 16 of 23 passes for 191 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson went 10-for-8 for 98 yards and three touchdowns to lead the NFC offense.

Victor Cruz’s familiarity with Manning paid off as the Giants receiver caught a team-high 10 passes for 96 yards and a touchdown, while Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph, named the game’s most valuable player, caught five passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.

Cincinnati receiver A.J. Green caught seven passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns for the AFC. Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck went 12-for-19 for 205 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while Denver quarterback Peyton Manning went 6-for-12 for 43 yards and a touchdown.

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