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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Payton named Pro Bowl Player of the Game
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Jan. 23, 1978

During the regular season, the Chicago Bears' Walter Payton broke the NFL single-game rushing record with 275 yards and finished the year with a career-high 1,852 yards. In today's Pro Bowl, he's named the player of the game.

Payton's one-yard touchdown run with 7:37 left ties the game at 13-13. Efren Herrera's extra point gives the NFC, which trailed 13-0 at halftime, a 14-13 victory over the AFC in Tampa, Fla.

Payton averages 5.9 yards a carry in the game, finishing with 77 yards on 13 rushes. Twenty of his yards come in the game-winning drive. "Mediocre, that's all," Payton says of his performance. As a member of the winning team, Payton earns $5,000.

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