Packers shine with the league's all-stars

All four players who represented the Green Bay Packers received plenty of playing time in Sunday night's AFC-NFC Pro Bowl game in Honolulu. The AFC, behind quarterback Peyton Manning, jumped to an early lead and won the annual all-star game, 38-27.<p>

Wide receiver Javon Walker, guard Marco Rivera and fullback William Henderson started for the NFC squad. Running back Ahman Green entered the game late in the first quarter and played all of the second quarter. He finished with five carries for 25 yards and had a special teams tackle before the sellout crowd of 59,225 at Aloha Stadium.

Henderson cleared a number of gaping holes for Giants running back Tiki Barber early on, the forced a fumble on a punt return by Buffalo's Nate Clements deep in AFC territory in the first quarter. Henderson finished with two special teams tackles and did not get a carry from scrimmage as speculated. He has not carried the ball from scrimmage since 2002.

Rivera, the first Green Bay offensive lineman to be named to the Pro Bowl three consecutive seasons since Gale Gillingham in 1969-71, started and played most of the game.

Walker, playing in his first Pro Bowl after a breakthrough season in which he finished with 1,382 yards receiving on a team- and career-high 89 receptions, had four catches for 53 yards.

Manning, the 2004 NFL MVP, threw three first-half touchdown passes to extend his career record to 11 TD passes in the Pro Bowl, more than any quarterback in NFL history. He was named the game's MVP in his fifth trip to the Pro Bowl.

The AFC took a 28-10 halftime lead. Atlanta's Michael Vick led the NFC to 17 second-half points. The NFC closed to 28-24 after three quarters, but never came any closer.


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