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Taylor's A Hit At Pro Bowl; AFC Wins 31-28

Posted Feb 10, 2007

Sean Taylor made highlights with several punishing tackles, but the AFC converted a late field goal to win the all-star game. Full Story

Redskins free safety Sean Taylor certainly livened up Saturday’s Pro Bowl in Hawaii.

Midway through the third quarter of a 31-28 AFC win, Taylor was on the field for an NFC punt return.

The AFC tried to fool the NFC with some trickery. Punter Brian Moorman of the Buffalo Bills caught the punt and rolled right hoping to gain at least six yards for a first down.

Taylor ran across field, almost 30 yards, and blitzed past AFC blockers to get to Moorman.

Taylor leveled a punishing tackle on Moorman, who fell backwards and lost control of the football. The ball rolled out of bounds.

Moorman was stopped three yards short of a first down, and the NFC took over possession.

Taylor was mobbed by his NFC teammates on the field and later on the sidelines.

Even Moorman jumped up and ran to midfield to congratulate Taylor.

"Believe it or not, it wasn’t as bad as it looked," Moorman told the Associated Press. "It was just hard. It took me a second to realize that it didn’t hurt so bad, so I got right back up."

Certainly, it’s a play that will be replayed on TV and the Internet for years to come.

And it will certainly add to Taylor’s reputation as one of the NFL’s fiercest hitters.

Defenders in the Pro Bowl are generally advised to back off from hard hits in the game. While Taylor’s hit was legal--no flag was thrown for unnecessary roughness--perhaps he did not get that memo.

Taylor, playing in his first Pro Bowl, finished with six tackles in the game.

The NFC defense yielded two long touchdown passes to allow the AFC to build a 28-14 lead in the fourth quarter.

Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne caught a 72-yard bomb from Cincinnati Bengals quarterback and Pro Bowl MVP Carson Palmer in the first half.

In the second half, Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson caught a 42-yard pass from Palmer.

The NFC launched a comeback, with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo connecting with Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin on a 47-yard touchdown pass with 1:58 left.

Romo’s two-point conversion pass to Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith was successful, and the game was tied at 28-28.

The AFC, led by Palmer, had enough time to drive down the field for a game-winning score. A 39-yard pass interference penalty on Arizona Cardinals defensive back Adrian Wilson put the AFC in position for a field goal.

San Diego Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding connected on a 21-yard field goal with no time left to give the AFC the victory.

Redskins left tackle Chris Samuels, voted to his fourth Pro Bowl, did not play in the game.

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