2008 Pro Bowl

2008 Pro Bowl

Infobox Pro Bowl

date=February 10, 2008
stadium=Aloha Stadium
city=Honolulu, Hawaii
visitorcoach=Norv Turner
visitorcoachteam=San Diego Chargers
homecoach=Mike McCarthy
homecoachteam=Green Bay Packers
MVP=Adrian Peterson
MVPteam=Minnesota Vikings
anthem=Kelly Rowland
coin_toss=Will Shields and United States Navy Admiral Timothy J. Keating
referee=Bill Carollo
attendance=50,044 [cite web| url=http://www.nfl.com/liveupdate/gamecenter/29527/NFC_Gamebook.pdf|title=2008 Pro Bowl Gamebook |author=NFL.com|accessdate=2008-02-10]
network= FOX
announcers= Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa and Brian Baldingercite news
url = http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2008/02/08/sports/maffei/22_09_122_7_08.txt
title = Davis focuses on job with ESPN
author = Maffei, John
publisher = "North County Times"
date = 2008-02-08
accessdate = 2008-02-10
The 2008 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl was the NFL's all-star game for the 2007 season. It was played at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii on February 10, 2008. The game was televised in the United States by FOX and began shortly after 11:40am local time (4:40pm EST). The NFC won, 42–30, despite a 6-point first half AFC lead. NFC running back Adrian Peterson rushed 16 times for 129 yards and was named the game's MVP, winning a Cadillac CTS in recognition of his efforts.

The starting rosters for the game were released on December 18 2007, with New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady starting for the AFC and the Green Bay Packers' Brett Favre for the NFC. However, Brett Favre withdrew due to an ankle injury. Notable Pro Bowl selections included the late Sean Taylor. The Dallas Cowboys had a record thirteen players named to the Pro Bowl roster, while five teams, including all four members of the NFC South, had no players initially named (Jeff Garcia of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was later chosen as a replacement quarterback for Brett Favre.) On February 4, 2008, Brady, Patriots receiver Randy Moss, Chargers tight end Antonio Gates, and Chargers defensive lineman Jamal Williams decided to pull out of the 2008 Pro Bowl. Brady was replaced by Cleveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson, Moss was replaced by Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ocho Cinco, Gates was replaced by Browns tight end Kellen Winslow, and Williams was replaced by Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Casey Hampton.cite news | url=http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/776577,CST-SPT-nflnt05.article | title=Judge: Vick can keep bonus | publisher = Associated Press | date = 2008-02-05 | accessdate = 2008-02-09]

The AFC was coached by Norv Turner of the San Diego Chargers staff, while Mike McCarthy and the staff of the Green Bay Packers coached the NFC. Three Washington Redskins players (Chris Cooley, Chris Samuels and Ethan Albright) wore #21 in memory of Taylor, their deceased teammate.cite news
url = http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080208/SPORTS04/802080385/1049/SPORTS04
title = Redskins to honor fallen teammate
author = Sakamoto, Kyle
publisher = "The Honolulu Advertiser"
date = 2008-02-08
accessdate = 2008-02-09
] The game featured 41 players appearing in their first Pro Bowl (out of 86 total players), the most in eight years.cite news | url=http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/F/FBN_PRO_BOWL_FIRST_TIMERS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT | title=Fred Taylor among 41 Pro Bowl 'rookies' | publisher = Associated Press | author = Jaymes Song | date = 2008-02-09 | accessdate = 2008-02-09] In addition, the NFC played their first defensive play with only ten players on the field, lacking a free safety, in Taylor's honor.

The game was the most watched Pro Bowl since 2000, pulling in a Nielsen rating of 6.3 and a 12 share.cite news | url= http://www.usatoday.com/sports/football/2008-02-12-1475841532_x.htm | title=Pro Bowl draws highest ratings since 2000 | publisher = Associated Press | date = 2008-02-12 | accessdate = 2008-02-13] It also marked the first ever Pro Bowl to be televised by FOX. The 2008 Pro Bowl also marked the fewest players represented by a Super Bowl winning team, with Osi Umenyiora being the lone representative of the New York Giants, winners of Super Bowl XLII.

Game summary

NFC 42, AFC 30"at Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, Hawaii"
*Game time: 11:41 am local time (4:41 pm EST) *Game weather: Partly cloudy
*TV announcers (FOX): Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Daryl Johnston (color commentator), Tony Siragusa and Brian Baldinger (sideline reporters)

coring summary

*1st Quarter
**AFC – Lorenzo Neal 1 yard run (Rob Bironas kick), 10:59. "AFC 7–0. Drive: 7 plays, 70 yards, 4:01."
**NFC – Larry Fitzgerald 6 yard pass from Tony Romo (Nick Folk kick), 7:08. "Tied 7–7. Drive: 9 plays, 54 yards, 3:51."
**AFC – T.J. Houshmandzadeh 16 yard pass from Peyton Manning (Rob Bironas kick), 2:42. "AFC 14–7. Drive: 9 plays, 58 yards, 4:26."
**AFC – Rob Bironas 33 yard FG, 0:48. "AFC 17–7. Drive: 5 plays, 14 yards, 1:41."

*2nd Quarter
**AFC – T.J. Houshmandzadeh 1 yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger (Rob Bironas kick), 12:08. "AFC 24–7. Drive: 4 plays, 29 yards, 1:48."
**NFC – Terrell Owens 6 yard pass from Tony Romo (Nick Folk kick), 7:58. "AFC 24–14. Drive: 8 plays, 51 yards, 4:10."
**AFC – Rob Bironas 48 yard FG, 3:30. "AFC 27–14. Drive: 9 plays, 51 yards, 4:28."
**NFC – Chris Cooley 17 yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck (Nick Folk kick), 0:28. "AFC 27–21. Drive: 6 plays, 77 yards, 3:02."

*3rd Quarter
**NFC – Adrian Peterson 17 yard run (Nick Folk kick), 9:49. "NFC 28–27. Drive: 9 plays, 67 yards, 5:11."
**AFC – Rob Bironas 28 yard FG, 6:58. "AFC 30–28. Drive: 6 plays, 56 yards, 2:51."

*4th Quarter
**NFC – Terrell Owens 6 yard pass from Jeff Garcia (Nick Folk kick), 12:29. "NFC 35–30. Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 5:46."
**NFC – Adrian Peterson 6 yard run (Nick Folk kick), 2:43. "NFC 42–30. Drive: 9 plays, 73 yards, 5:21."

AFC roster


NFC roster



:note label|replacement|a|aReplacement selection due to injury or vacancy:note label|injury|b|bInjured player; selected but did not play:note label|posthumous|c|cPosthumous selection

Number of selections by team

*13 selections: Dallas Cowboys
*9 selections: San Diego Chargers
*8 selections: New England Patriots
*7 selections: Minnesota Vikings
*6 selections: Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers
*5 selections: Green Bay Packers
*4 selections: Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Washington Redskins
*3 selections: Philadelphia Eagles, Tennessee Titans
*2 selections: Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers
*1 selection: Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, New York Giants, Oakland Raiders, St. Louis Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
*No selections: Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Detroit Lions, New Orleans Saints, New York Jets


The halftime show featured a performance by the band Lifehouse, who played their songs "Hanging by a Moment" and "First Time".

Foreign transmissions

*United KingdomSky Sports
*Middle East – Showsports 4


External links

* [http://www.nfl.com/probowl Official Pro Bowl website at NFL.com]
* [http://www.kauaiworld.com/articles/2008/02/24/business/bus02.txt Article examining the 2008 Pro Bowl's effect on Hawaii's tourism]

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