Monday, January 27, 2014
Brees, Graham connect in Pro Bowl win
By Mike Triplett
The New Orleans Saints' Pro Bowlers made the most out of their Hawaiian vacation on Sunday night when they wound up on the winning side of the NFL's annual all-star game.
All five Saints Pro Bowlers (quarterback Drew Brees, tight end Jimmy Graham, guards Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs and defensive end Cameron Jordan) started for Team Rice, which came back in the final minute to beat Team Sanders, 22-21.
Brees threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Graham in the second quarter to help the cause. Brees floated up a jump ball for his go-to guy, and Graham went up in front of Miami Dolphins cornerback Brent Grimes to snag it. Graham then finished with his trademark dunk over the goal post, even though San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle tried to contest it (who says these guys aren't trying?)
Earlier, however, Brees threw an interception in the end zone while targeting Arizona Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. The pass was tipped by Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis and picked by Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry.
At least he wasn't alone. There was a total of six interceptions and eight turnovers in the game.
Brees left the game after his touchdown pass and finished 9-of-19 for 81 yards. Graham caught five passes for 51 yards. Jordan later added a sack against Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton for a 13-yard loss and got a hit on Newton that forced an incomplete pass.