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NFC sets record, pounds AFC in Pro Bowl

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph stands with the MVP trophy after the NFL Pro Bowl football game in Honolulu, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. The NFC defeated the AFC 62-35. Rudolph had 122 yards and a touchdown. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph stands with the MVP trophy after the NFL Pro Bowl football game in Honolulu, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. The NFC defeated the AFC 62-35. Rudolph had 122 yards and a touchdown. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

HONOLULU -- The rain stayed away long enough for the NFC to put the hurt on its AFC counterparts in the Pro Bowl.

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph caught five passes for 122 yards and a touchdown, and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw three third-quarter touchdown passes as the NFC pounded the AFC 62-35 Sunday at Aloha Stadium.

With the island of Oahu under a flood watch that became a flash flood warning midway through the second quarter, the field stayed dry enough for the NFC to set a record in points in winning for the fourth time in the past six games.

The NFC rolled up 478 total yards in the third-highest-scoring Pro Bowl ever. Three of the four highest-scoring games have come in the past three years.

Wilson completed eight of 10 passes for 98 yards and the three touchdowns.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning finished 16-for-23 for 191 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Brother Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos was 6-for-12 for 43 yards with one touchdown.

New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz broke Randy Moss' record set in 2000 with 10 receptions in the game, catching eight the first half as the NFC scored 14 points in the final two minutes to take a 31-14 lead into the break.

The AFC's problems only worsened in the second half as Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was intercepted on the second play by Seattle safety Earl Thomas.

A pair of rookies combined to increase the lead to 38-14 as Wilson scrambled away from two players and hit Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Doug Martin for a 28-yard touchdown pass on Wilson's first drive of the game.

Schaub bounced back from his two picks to lead the AFC on a 16-play drive, hitting the Cleveland Browns' Joshua Cribbs for a 4-yard touchdown to make it 38-21.

A 93-yard kickoff return by Seattle's Leon Washington set up Wilson's second touchdown of the game, a 9-yarder to the Arizona Cardinals' Larry Fitzgerald to make it 45-21.

The Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck was the fourth quarterback to turn the ball over on his opening drive when he fumbled his first snap from Houston's Chris Myers. That led to Wilson's third touchdown of the quarter, a 5-yard throw to Tampa Bay's Vincent Jackson to make it 52-21.

Luck threw a 4-yard scoring pass to A.J. Green early in the fourth quarter to give all six quarterbacks in the game at least one touchdown throw. Green finished with seven catches for 119 yards.

NFC starting quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and running back Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings fumbled the opening handoff of the game, and the ball was recovered for the AFC by New York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

The AFC took over on the NFC 7-yard line and threw the ball four straight times, including once to defensive end J.J. Watt, who lined up at receiver. The AFC cashed in after going for it on fourth down, as Peyton Manning hit A.J. Green for a 6-yard touchdown to make it 7-0 just 59 seconds into the game.

Brees found his groove on the NFC's second drive, converting two third-down passes before a 36-yard touchdown throw to Jackson to tie the game at 7-all.

After a 48-yard field goal by Minnesota's Blair Walsh gave the NFC a 10-7 lead, the AFC retook the lead on an interception return for a touchdown by Kansas City's Derrick Johnson.

Eli Manning's first drive for the NFC lasted only five plays, as Johnson stepped in front of a short pass intended for Kyle Rudolph and returned it 42 yards to put the AFC in front 14-10.

Like Brees, Eli Manning bounced back on his next drive to lead the NFC to a touchdown. He hooked up with Victor Cruz five times on a 10-play drive, ending with a 9-yard touchdown pass to his Giants teammate to put the NFC back up 17-14.

The Atlanta Falcons' William Moore kept the AFC out of the end zone when he intercepted a pass tipped by Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson with 2:50 remaining in the half. Schaub was the third quarterback who turned the ball over on his first drive.

The NFC scored twice in the final two minutes to take a 31-14 lead into halftime. Seattle's Marshawn Lynch ran for a 1-yard touchdown with 1:41 remaining after a defensive pass interference penalty was called in the end zone, extending the drive.

After a sack by the Chicago Bears' Julius Peppers forced a three-and-out by the AFC, Eli Manning hooked up with Rudolph for a 3-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the half to give the NFC a 17-point lead.

NOTES: Peyton Manning, Denver's Champ Bailey and Cleveland's Phil Dawson served as captains for the AFC while the Green Bay Packers' Jeff Saturday, the Washington Redskins' London Fletcher and the Bears' Charles Tillman earned the honor for the NFC. Saturday said this week that the Pro Bowl would be the final game of his career. ... Before the game, a flood watch was issued for the island of Oahu through Monday afternoon, and rain began to hit the field midway through the second quarter. A flash flood warning was then issued. ... NBC broadcaster Al Michaels called his 15th Pro Bowl on Sunday. The starting quarterback for the NFC in his first Pro Bowl in 1980 was Archie Manning.