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Payton named Pro Bowl Player of the Game

Updated: January 17, 2002, 11:33 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

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 ...

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