|2008 Pro Bowl|
|2008 Pro Bowl|
|Date||February 10, 2008|
|MVP||Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings)|
|National anthem||Kelly Rowland|
|Coin toss||Will Shields and US Navy Admiral Timothy J. Keating|
|Announcers||Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa and Brian Baldinger|
The 2008 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 2007 season. It was played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on February 10, 2008. The game was televised in the United States by FOX and began shortly after 11:40am local time (4:40pm EST). The NFC won, 42–30, despite a 17-point first half AFC lead. NFC running back Adrian Peterson rushed 16 times for 129 yards and was named the game's MVP, winning a Cadillac CTS in recognition of his efforts.
The starting rosters for the game were released on December 18, 2007, with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady starting for the AFC and the Green Bay Packers Brett Favre for the NFC. However, Brett Favre withdrew due to an ankle injury. Notable Pro Bowl selections included the late Sean Taylor. The Dallas Cowboys had a record thirteen players named to the Pro Bowl roster, while five teams, including all four members of the NFC South, had no players initially named (Jeff Garcia of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was later chosen as a replacement quarterback for Brett Favre.) On February 4, 2008, Brady, Patriots receiver Randy Moss, Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, and Chargers defensive lineman Jamal Williams decided to pull out of the 2008 Pro Bowl. Brady was replaced by Cleveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson, Moss was replaced by Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Johnson, Gates was replaced by Browns tight end Kellen Winslow, and Williams was replaced by Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Casey Hampton.
The AFC was coached by Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers staff, while Mike McCarthy and the staff of the Green Bay Packers coached the NFC. Three Washington Redskins players (Chris Cooley, Chris Samuels and Ethan Albright) wore #21 in memory of Taylor, their deceased teammate. The game featured 41 players appearing in their first Pro Bowl (out of 86 total players), the most in eight years.
The game was the most watched Pro Bowl since 2000, pulling in a Nielsen rating of 6.3 and a 12 share. It also marked the first ever Pro Bowl to be televised by FOX.
NFC 42, AFC 30 at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii
- Game time: 11:41 am local time (4:41 pm EST) *Game weather: Partly cloudy
- TV announcers (FOX): Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Daryl Johnston (color commentator), Tony Siragusa and Brian Baldinger (sideline reporters)
- 1st Quarter
- AFC – Lorenzo Neal 1 yard run (Rob Bironas kick), 10:59. AFC 7–0. Drive: 7 plays, 70 yards, 4:01.
- NFC – Larry Fitzgerald 6 yard pass from Tony Romo (Nick Folk kick), 7:08. Tied 7–7. Drive: 9 plays, 54 yards, 3:51.
- AFC – T.J. Houshmandzadeh 16 yard pass from Peyton Manning (Rob Bironas kick), 2:42. AFC 14–7. Drive: 9 plays, 58 yards, 4:26.
- AFC – Rob Bironas 33 yard FG, 0:48. AFC 17–7. Drive: 5 plays, 14 yards, 1:41.
- 2nd Quarter
- AFC – T.J. Houshmandzadeh 1 yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Rob Bironas kick), 12:08. AFC 24–7. Drive: 4 plays, 29 yards, 1:48.
- NFC – Terrell Owens 6 yard pass from Tony Romo (Nick Folk kick), 7:58. AFC 24–14. Drive: 8 plays, 51 yards, 4:10.
- AFC – Rob Bironas 48 yard FG, 3:30. AFC 27–14. Drive: 9 plays, 51 yards, 4:28.
- NFC – Chris Cooley 17 yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Nick Folk kick), 0:28. AFC 27–21. Drive: 6 plays, 77 yards, 3:02.
- 3rd Quarter
- 4th Quarter
|Defensive end||69 Jared Allen, Kansas City|
93 Kyle Vanden Bosch, Tennessee
|99 Jason Taylor, Miami[b] |
94 Aaron Schobel, Buffalo[a]
|Defensive tackle||92 Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee|
75 Vince Wilfork, New England
|76 Jamal Williams, San Diego[b]|
98 Casey Hampton, Pittsburgh[a]
|Outside linebacker||92 James Harrison, Pittsburgh|
50 Mike Vrabel, New England
|56 Shawne Merriman, San Diego|
|Inside linebacker||59 DeMeco Ryans, Houston||52 Ray Lewis, Baltimore|
|Cornerback||24 Champ Bailey, Denver|
22 Asante Samuel, New England
|31 Antonio Cromartie, San Diego|
|Free safety||20 Ed Reed, Baltimore|
|Strong safety||21 Bob Sanders, Indianapolis[b]|
47 John Lynch, Denver[a]
|43 Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh[b]|
41 Antoine Bethea, Indianapolis[a]
|Punter||9 Shane Lechler, Oakland|
|Placekicker||2 Rob Bironas, Tennessee|
|Kick returner||16 Joshua Cribbs, Cleveland|
|Special teamer||81 Kassim Osgood, San Diego|
|Long snapper||64 Ryan Pontbriand, Cleveland|
|Quarterback|| 4 Brett Favre, Green Bay[b]|
9 Tony Romo, Dallas
| 8 Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle|
7 Jeff Garcia, Tampa Bay[a]
|Running back||28 Adrian Peterson, Minnesota||24 Marion Barber, Dallas|
36 Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia
|Fullback||49 Tony Richardson, Minnesota|
|Wide receiver||11 Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona|
81 Terrell Owens, Dallas
|80 Donald Driver, Green Bay|
81 Torry Holt, St. Louis
|Tight end||82 Jason Witten, Dallas||21 Chris Cooley, Washington|
|Offensive tackle||76 Flozell Adams, Dallas|
71 Walter Jones, Seattle[b]
21 Chris Samuels, Washington
|76 Chad Clifton, Green Bay[a]|
|Offensive guard||70 Leonard Davis, Dallas|
76 Steve Hutchinson, Minnesota
|73 Shawn Andrews, Philadelphia|
|Center||65 Andre Gurode, Dallas||78 Matt Birk, Minnesota|
|Defensive ends||74 Aaron Kampman, Green Bay|
97 Patrick Kerney, Seattle[b]
72 Osi Umenyiora, N.Y. Giants
|58 Trent Cole, Philadelphia[a]|
|Defensive tackles||93 Kevin Williams, Minnesota|
94 Pat Williams, Minnesota
|91 Tommie Harris, Chicago[b]|
90 Darnell Dockett, Arizona[a]
|Outside linebacker||59 Julian Peterson, Seattle|
94 DeMarcus Ware, Dallas
|55 Lance Briggs, Chicago[b]|
98 Greg Ellis, Dallas[a]
|Inside linebacker||51 Lofa Tatupu, Seattle||52 Patrick Willis, San Francisco|
|Cornerback||31 Al Harris, Green Bay|
23 Marcus Trufant, Seattle
|41 Terence Newman, Dallas|
|Free safety||21 Sean Taylor, Washington[c]|
26 Ken Hamlin, Dallas
|Strong safety||42 Darren Sharper, Minnesota||31 Roy Williams, Dallas[a]|
|Punter||4 Andy Lee, San Francisco|
|Placekicker||6 Nick Folk, Dallas|
|Kick returner||23 Devin Hester, Chicago|
|Special teamer||94 Brendon Ayanbadejo, Chicago|
|Long snapper||21 Ethan Albright, Washington|
Number of selections by teamEdit
- 13 selections: Dallas Cowboys
- 9 selections: San Diego Chargers
- 8 selections: New England Patriots
- 7 selections: Minnesota Vikings
- 6 selections: Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers
- 5 selections: Green Bay Packers
- 4 selections: Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins
- 3 selections: Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans
- 2 selections: Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers
- 1 selection: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- No selections: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets
The halftime show featured a performance by the band Lifehouse, who played their songs "Hanging by a Moment" and "First Time".
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- ↑ Sakamoto, Kyle. "Redskins to honor fallen teammate", The Honolulu Advertiser, 2008-02-08. Retrieved on 2008-02-09. Archived from the original on 2013-01-25.
- ↑ Jaymes Song. "Fred Taylor among 41 Pro Bowl 'rookies'", Associated Press, 2008-02-09. Retrieved on 2008-02-09.
- ↑ "Pro Bowl draws highest ratings since 2000", Associated Press, 2008-02-12. Retrieved on 2008-02-13.
- Official Pro Bowl website at NFL.com
- Article examining the 2008 Pro Bowl's effect on Hawaii's tourism