Pro Bowl 2011: DeAngelo Hall Named MVP As NFC Beats AFC 55-41

DeAngelo Hall finished with six tackles, an interception, a forced fumble, and a touchdown. Brian Orakpo also had six tackles and London Fletcher had four tackles and an interception as the Redskins were well represented.

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Pro Bowl 2011: NFC Wins 55-41, DeAngelo Hall Named MVP

After three fast-paced and high-scoring quarters, both teams have apparently decided to cool down the engines in the fourth quarter. David Akers kicked his second field goal of the game early in the quarter, then the NFC had an interception returned for a touchdown for Jon Beason of the Panthers, who picked off Matt Cassel late in the game. The AFC scored on a touchdown pass from Cassel to Montell Owens, and then again for the final score of the game on a trick play that eventually got the ball into the hands of center Alex Mack to end the game with the NFC winning 55-41.

The AFC quarterbacks finished with five interceptions, as Cassel and Phillip Rivers were each picked off twice. The only quarterback finishing with positive numbers was Matt Ryan, who scored two touchdowns on 118 yards passing.

The most productive running backs were Adrian Peterson and Jammal Charles, who each finished with over 70 yards rushing and one touchdown. Despite being on the losing team, Reggie Wayne was the leading receiver tonight with 86 yards and one touchdown.

The Redskins were well represented on the stat sheets. The two leading tacklers in the game were DeAngelo Hall and Brian Orakpo, who each recorded six. London Fletcher was right behind them on the NFC with four tackles and an interception. Hall also had an interception, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, and a touchdown. Hall was named the MVP.


Pro Bowl 2011: AFC, Phillip Rivers Mounting A Comeback

After scoring their first touchdown of the game late in the first half, the AFC continued their comeback in the third quarter. With Phillip Rivers returning to the game in hopes of redeeming himself after throwing two interceptions in the first quarter, the AFC drove down the field and scored. Rivers competed a 16-yard pass to Reggie Wayne for the touchdown on their opening possession of the half.

They would score again just five seconds later. A miscommunication between Devin Hester and DeAngelo Hall on the ensuing kickoff return led to Hester fumbling the ball on an attempted reverse, and Montell Owens recovering for another AFC touchdown.

The game slowed down a bit after that, with the two teams trading long drives to close out the third quarter. Matt Ryan and Michael Turner led the NFC on a 10-play drive that would end with a David Akers field goal. The AFC then answered with an 11-play drive of their own. Bill Belichick elected to go for it on fourth-and-three from the NFC 28-yard line, and completed a long touchdown play to Marcedes Lewis of the Jaguars. The lead was trimmed to just 17 points, but will it be too little too late for the AFC?


Pro Bowl 2011: DeAngelo Hall Scores Touchdown As NFC Takes 42-7 Lead

The 2011 Pro Bowl has already gotten out of hand, and its only half over.

If the Green Bay Packers are looking for any indications that the NFC might be better than the AFC ahead of the Super Bowl, they've received it tonight. The NFC are currently leading 42-7.

Two Atlanta Falcons players connected to start the scoring early in the second quarter. Matt Ryan found Tony Gonzalez open in the back of the end zone for a 4-yard touchdown and a 21-0 lead. Then, just 20 seconds with Peyton Manning entering the contest to try to turn the game around for the AFC, DeAngelo Hall ripped the ball out of the hands of Wes Welker. Hall recovered the fumble, picked it up, and ran 34-yards for yet another NFC touchdown. Hall seems to be a strong candidate for 2011 Pro Bowl MVP.

The scoring didn't stop there though. Larry Fitzgerald caught a deep 25-yard pass from Ryan for another touchdown, and then Steven Jackson ran in from 21-yards out for the sixth touchdown of the game.

The AFC finally began to mount their comeback late in the quarter with Jammal Charles scoring on an 8-yard run, but the damage has already been done. Its hard to imagine that the NFC won't be winning this game.


Pro Bowl 2011: London Fletcher, DeAngelo Hall Intercept Phillip Rivers To Help Give NFC 14-0 Lead

The 2011 Pro Bowl has kicked off in Hawaii, and the NFC has taken an early 14-0 lead as they look to break the all-time tie between the two conferences. The three players representing the Redskins in Hawaii have been very active early, with London Fletcher and DeAngelo Hall each recording an interception.

The NFC had the first score of the game. With quarterback Michael Vick driving the team down the field, coach Mike Smith elected to have Vick had the ball off to fullback Ovie Mughelli from the 1-yard line for the touchdown.

Later in the quarter, playing in just his second Pro Bowl in his 13-year career, Fletcher has made a huge impact in the first quarter. In on what we believe to be his first play from scrimmage of the game, Fletcher intercepted Phillip Rivers. He was assisted by Jay Ratliff of the Cowboys, who tipped the ball at the line, allowing it to fall right into Fletcher's hands. The veteran linebacker managed to rumble 14 yards on the return.

Fletcher's interception set up the NFC in scoring range, and they took advantage. Just five plays later, Adrian Peterson ran 14 yards on a counter into the end zone to give his conference a 14-0 lead.

On the AFC's next possession, the Redskins again took over. With Rivers attempting a deep pass to Brandon Lloyd, Hall jumped in front and caught the ball in the end zone. Rather than kneeling down for a touch back, the corner ran the ball out to the 24-yard line.

Brian Orakpo has also recorded two tackles in the first quarter.


NFL Pro Bowl: Brian Orakpo To Start For The NFC

Brian Orakpo only got into the Pro Bowl a few weeks ago, but he is already rapidly climbing up the depth chart. According to the official twitter account of, Orakpo is currently pegged to start for the NFC.

#Redskins OLB Brian Orakpo is now listed as a starter for the NFC in the Pro Bowl. Looks like he is replacing Lance Briggs in the lineup.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

This a pretty big honor for somebody in only his second season. Orakpo is the obvious beneficiary of pther player pulling out of the game due to injury, but that shouldn't diminish just how well Orakpo played this season.

Two of the players ahead of him, Clay Matthews and Lance Briggs, were bound to pull out of the game after they met for a spot in the Super Bowl this past weekend. One would be preparing for the big game, the other surely not wanting to play just a week after their season ended. But I'm sure Brian will take it any way he can get it.


NFL Pro Bowl: London Fletcher Replaces Brian Urlacher On NFC Roster

When it rains it pours.

It took London Fletcher well over a decade to make his first Pro Bowl appearance a year ago, and he will be making his second straight.

London Fletcher has been named to the Pro Bowl....He replaces Brian Urlacher, who apparently suffered an injury in NFC title game.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

Who knows if Brian Urlacher is actually injured or if he just doesn't want to play in a meaningless game so soon after losing in the NFC Championship game. Whatever the case, I'm sure he won't be the only guy on either the Jets or the Bears to pull out of the game.

London Fletcher is the beneficiary of the flawed Pro Bowl system. The game can't get everyone that it wants to participate because of how it is set up, and how violent the game of football is. There really isn't anything they can do to fix it (which they have tried) so this is just the way it is. It's not a bad thing, but it is what it is. London Fletcher won't be the only player who gets in because of it. Congratulations, London.


NFL Pro Bowl: Brian Orakpo Will Replace Either Clay Matthews Or Lance Briggs

The weekend's NFL playoff results have ensured that Brian Orakpo will make his second straight trip to Hawaii to play in the Pro Bowl. The Redskins' linebacker will replace either Clay Matthews or Lance Briggs, because one of the two will make the Super Bowl and therefore make them ineligible for the game.

Orakpo was originally selected as an alternate to the game, but his fate was sealed when the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers both won last weekend. Since the Pro Bowl has been moved to the week before the Super Bowl, it cannot include players who are actually playing in the big game. Alternates will be selected to replace those players, and since Orakpo was the first alternate at linebacker in the NFC, he will be a part of the game. 

This means that Orakpo will have been a Pro Bowler in each of his first two seasons. Rich Campbell of the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star reports that no Redskins player has ever done that in franchise history. Orakpo will join cornerback DeAngelo Hall as the only Redskins to participate in the game.

The Pro Bowl will take place on January 30 at 7 p.m. on FOX.


NFL Pro Bowl: Former Redskin Brandon Lloyd Makes AFC Roster, Curses At Former Teams

The idea of Denver Broncos wide receiver Brandon Lloyd as a Pro Bowl player was pretty shocking to anyone before the season started. However, after an outstanding season in Denver, Lloyd made the AFC roster and will play in the game.

I say shocking because anyone who watched Lloyd play in Washington D.C. saw a very different Lloyd than the one we saw in 2010. Lloyd played two seasons for the Redskins, catching a total of 25 passes in 23 games after signing a big free-agent contract. There were many players who signified the free-spending ways of owner Dan Snyder, and Lloyd was one of them. The thought of him being a Pro Bowler five years later didn't cross anyone's mind.

But it happened. Lloyd was rejuvenated under the Broncos' pass-heavy attack, catching 72 passes for 1,375 yards and 10 touchdowns thus far this season. Naturally, he was asked whether he wanted to say anything to the Redskins and the other two teams (San Francisco, Chicago) that gave up on him. His answer surprised everyone.

Asked if he wanted to tell those three teams: "told you so," Lloyd said half-good naturedly, half-seriously: ""No, I want to say, ‘(Bleep) you.' And I mean that in the most professional way."    

I guess that is his right. 


NFL Pro Bowl: LaRon Landry Leading Vote Getter Among NFC Safeties

The Washington Redskins will have only one player on the NFC Pro Bowl roster: DeAngelo Hall. The cornerback was voted in as a starting cornerback after a banner season and will make his first Pro Bowl appearance in his career.

However, the Redskins should have had a second representative. Strong safety LaRon Landry ended up leading NFC safeties in votes after a career season of his own. However, Landry's season ended early with an achilles injury, and thus he will not be healthy enough to play in the game. 

With Landry sidelined due to injury, the NFC's strong safety position will be manned by Arizona Cardinals standout Adrian Wilson. 

Landry was on pace for an unbelievable season before getting hurt. After struggling under previous defensive coordinator Greg Blache in 2009, Landry was energized by new defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. Haslett's 3-4 scheme placed Landry closer to the line of scrimmage, which played more to his strengths. Landry is still third on the team in tackles despite playing just nine games. 


NFL Pro Bowl: DeAngelo Hall Only Redskin Representative For NFC In Pro Bowl

The Washington Redskins' season has been one to forget, so it's not much of a surprise that only one member of the team was elected to the NFC's Pro Bowl team.

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall will represent the Redskins at the Pro Bowl January 30 in Hawaii.

Hall had a good season for Washington, despite the team's last-ranked defense. Hall intercepted six passes, including four in a Week 7 victory over the Chicago Bears. Hall also made 89 tackles and forced two fumbles in 15 games so far this season.

Hall will be the substitute at cornerback behind starters Asante Samuel of the Philadelphia Eagles and Charles Woodson of the Green Bay Packers.

Other Redskins hopefuls who had their bubbles burst were London Fletcher, who is among the league leaders in tackles, and Brian Orakpo, who made the Pro Bowl last season. Orakpo has eight-and-a-half sacks this season.

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