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Kirk Cousins rallies NFC to 35-33 win over AFC in Pro Bowl

Sun Feb 5 6:50pm ET
By MARK ANDERSON
AP Sports Writer

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NFC fullback Kyle Juszczyk of the San Francisco 49ers makes a catch as AFC middle linebacker Roquan Smith (18) of the Baltimore Ravens defends during the flag football event at the NFL Pro Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)


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NFC wide receiver CeeDee Lamb (88) of the Dallas Cowboys, celebrates a touchdown with teammates during the flag football event at the NFL Pro Bowl against the AFC, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)


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NFC tight end George Kittle (85) of the San Francisco 49ers scores a touchdown during the flag football event at the NFL Pro Bowl against the AFC, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)


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NFC tight end George Kittle (85) of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates a touchdown with NFC wide receiver Justin Jefferson of the Minnesota Vikings during the flag football event at the NFL Pro Bowl against the AFC, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)


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AFC wide receiver Davante Adams (17) of the Las Vegas Raiders runs with the ball as NFC strong safety Budda Baker (3) of the Arizona Cardinals and NFC middle linebacker Fred Warner (54) of the San Francisco 49ers defend during the flag football event at the NFL Pro Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)


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NFC quarterback Geno Smith of the Seattle Seahawks throws a pass during the flag football event at the NFL Pro Bowl against the AFC, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)


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AFC tight end Mark Andrews (89) of the Baltimore Ravens makes a touchdown catch in the end zone during the flag football event at the NFL Pro Bowl against the NFC, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)


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NFC tight end T.J. Hockenson (87) of the Minnesota Vikings reacts with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the flag football event at the NFL Pro Bowl against the AFC, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)


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AFC defensive tackle Cameron Heyward of the Pittsburgh Steelers carries AFC wide receiver Tyreek Hill of the Miami Dolphins during the flag football event at the NFL Pro Bowl against the NFC, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)


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AFC middle linebacker C.J. Mosley of the New York Jets, left, grabs a flag off NFC return specialist KaVontae Turpin (9) of the Dallas Cowboys during the flag football event at the NFL Pro Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)


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NFC return specialist KaVontae Turpin of the Dallas Cowboys is stopped by AFC middle linebacker C.J. Mosley of the New York Jets during the flag football event at the NFL Pro Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)


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NFC quarterback Geno Smith (7) of the Seattle Seahawks reacts alongside NFC return specialist KaVontae Turpin (9) of the Dallas Cowboys during the flag football event at the NFL Pro Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)


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AFC coach Peyton Manning, left, talks with NFC coach Eli Manning during the flag football event at the NFL Pro Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)


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AFC wide receiver Davante Adams of the Las Vegas Raiders, center, pitches the ball back to AFC wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) of the Miami Dolphins as NFC cornerback Jalen Ramsey of the Los Angles Rams defends during the flag football event at the NFL Pro Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)


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NFC defensive end Brian Burns (53) of the Carolina Panthers competes in the gridiron gauntlet event at the NFL Pro Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)


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NFC cornerback Trevon Diggs of the Dallas Cowboys, right, runs with the ball after intercepting a pass off his brother, AFC wide receiver Stefon Diggs of the Buffalo Bills, left, during the flag football event at the NFL Pro Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)


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NFC outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith (55) of the Minnesota Vikings reacts during the flag football event at the NFL Pro Bowl against the AFC, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)


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NFC wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (14) of the Detroit Lions makes a catch during the best catch event at the NFL Pro Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)


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AFC wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10) of the Miami Dolphins makes a catch during the flag football event against the NFC at the NFL Pro Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)


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AFC tight end Mark Andrews (89) of the Baltimore Ravens, left, celebrates a touchdown with teammate AFC quarterback Tyler Huntley (2) of the Baltimore Ravens during the flag football event at the NFL Pro Bowl, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)


LAS VEGAS (AP) Kirk Cousins threw three touchdowns passes Sunday to rally the NFC to a 35-33 victory over the AFC in the Pro Bowl Games and end that conference's five-game losing streak.

Cousins completed 15 of 19 passes for 150 yards in the third and final flag football game of the NFL's reformatted all-star game, which gave the NFC the victory. His AFC counterpart, Derek Carr, was 6 of 12 for 104 yards, two TDs and an interception.

Based on the earlier flag games and skills competitions, the AFC took a 21-15 lead into the final flag game.

The Pro Bowl changed its format this season, eliminating the traditional game and replacing it with three flag football games played on a 50-yard field and a series of skills competitions.

Each of the first two flag games were worth six points and each skills event was three. The total points were accumulated to form the score entering the third and final flag game.

Part of the reason for the change is that tackling became nearly non-existent in recent years because players were concerned about injuries. The Cleveland Browns, however, announced defensive end Myles Garrett dislocated a toe Sunday, but X-rays were negative.

The announced crowd of 58,331 was more than 2,000 more than last year, also played at Allegiant Stadium. No site has been announced for next year's Pro Bowl, but it's unlikely the NFL will want that event to be played in the same venue just before the Super Bowl, which will be in Las Vegas.

The AFC, based on Thursday's four skills competitions, took a 9-3 lead into Sunday.

Then the NFC tied it by winning the first flag game 33-27. Facing fourth-and-7, Seattle's Geno Smith completed a pass to Dallas' CeeDee Lamb, who eluded Chargers safety Derwin James with a spin move at the 9-yard line and then ran into the end zone for a 32-yard touchdown with a second left.

Smith completed 14 of 16 passes for 239 yards and five touchdowns. The AFC's Tyler Huntley was 15 of 20 for 192 yards and four TDs.

A kicking contest that was taped Thursday went to the AFC, and the NFC won the gridiron gauntlet obstacle-course race Sunday to make the score 12-12 entering the second flag game.

The AFC earned six more points in that game for an 18-12 lead. Jacksonville's Trevor Lawrence converted a fourth-and-20 with a 45-yard touchdown pass to Buffalo's Stefon Diggs with 2 minutes left to win 18-13. Diggs ran out of the end zone to where photographers were gathered. He grabbed one of the cameras and took photos of his AFC teammates as they posed.

Lawrence was 6 of 11 for 83 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. NFC quarterback Jared Goff completed 5 of 12 passes for 44 yards, a TD and an interception.

Both conferences split the following two skills competitions, with the AFC winning the strength contest and the NFC taking the finals of the best catch, making the overall score 21-15.

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