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.