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Fitzgerald, Washington, Peterson Enjoy NFL Pro Bowl Victory

January 28th, 2013 at 5:52 AM
By Steve Smith

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Another wild NFL Pro Bowl is in the books – the NFC defeated the AFC, 62-35 at Aloha Stadium in Aiea, Hawaii last night. The most important thing that came out of this all-star event is that the players actually seemed to care and played hard – quite a difference from last season's debacle.

A trio of Arizona Cardinals played in the game – wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, linebacker Daryl Washington and cornerback Patrick Peterson. They each earned $50,000 for being on the winning team.

Here are some quick observations:

Larry Fitzgerald: It was nice to see some elite quarterbacks (Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Russell Wilson) throwing to Fitzgerald after a 2012 season of mostly dismal quarterback play by the Red Birds. The seven time Pro Bowler looked like his old self with six receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown, a nine-yard catch from Wilson in the third quarter that gave the NFC a 45-21 lead. It was the eighth Pro Bowl TD of Fitzgerald's stellar career, extending his NFL record.

Daryl Washington: The Cardinals linebacker did not have a tackle during line of scrimmage play but played extensively on special teams and was credited with one tackle.

Patrick Peterson: The talented cornerback was extremely active, breaking up a pair of passes – one intended for Reggie Wayne and another on a deep route to Denver's Demaryius Thomas that he tipped to William Moore of the Falcons for an interception.

The LSU product also gained seven yards on a reverse handoff on a punt return and even lined up late in the blowout as a wide receiver for a few plays. No passes were thrown his way though because the NFC was keeping the ball on the ground to run down the clock.

He is quite a talent.

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