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.