Monday, January 30, 2012
Wake-up call: Pro Bowl edition
By Jamison Hensley
Every morning, grab a cup of coffee and get your AFC North wake-up call here:
BENGALS: Andy Dalton threw two touchdowns in the second half of the AFC's 59-41 win over the NFC. Dalton finished 7 of 9 for 100 yards. ... A.J. Green's first Pro Bowl reception went for a 34-yard touchdown from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. This marked the first Bengals' touchdown in a Pro Bowl since wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh four years ago. Green, who also lost a fumble, had one other catch for 10 yards. ... Tight end Jermaine Gresham made one reception for 14 yards. ... Defensive tackle Geno Atkins had one tackle and had a near sack when he tried to push Cam Newton out of bounds.
BROWNS: The team's lone representative, offensive tackle Joe Thomas, made the start. He's an offensive lineman in the NFL's version of flag football, so there isn't much to say.
RAVENS: Inside linebacker Ray Lewis recorded a Pro Bowl-leading five tackles. ... Fullback Vonta Leach scored on a 1-yard touchdown that opened the AFC's lead to 45-35. This was monumental for Leach, who has scored two touchdowns in 108 career regular-season games. Guards Marshal Yanda and Ben Grubbs started for the AFC.
STEELERS: Roethlisberger started at quarterback, completing 6 of 11 passes for 182 yards. He had two touchdowns (to Green and Brandon Marshall) and one interception. ... Wide receiver Mike Wallace caught two passes for 34 yards. ... Free safety Ryan Clark had four tackles in his first Pro Bowl game. ... Linebacker James Harrison recorded three tackles. ... Antonio Brown had two catches for 15 yards.