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Pro Bowl : All-Stars Commit 10 Turnovers, AFC Wins Snoozer, 15-6

February 08, 1988| Associated Press

HONOLULU — Jim Kelly ran for the only touchdown on a one-yard rollout Sunday and the American Conference beat the National Conference, 15-6, in a Pro Bowl game that didn't prove to be much of a showcase for the NFL's stars.

There were virtually no spectacular offensive plays, and each side committed five turnovers in a sloppy game at Aloha Stadium.

"This game was not a real shootout for the offenses," said Marty Schottenheimer of the Cleveland Browns, coach of the winning AFC team for the second straight year.

"The defenses played well, put a lot of pressure on the passers. The hardest thing to control in the short practice time we have is the pass protection."

NFC guard Dennis Harrah of the Rams, playing in the final game of his career, said it was the roughest of his six Pro Bowl appearances.

"It was the hardest-hitting Pro Bowl I've been in," said Harrah, who got into fights with nose tackle Bill Maas on consecutive plays early in the game. "I think that made a difference in the turnovers."

Dean Biasucci kicked a pair of field goals for the AFC as the two squads, a lack of timing evident after just five practice days, combined for five lost fumbles and five interceptions.

The AFC gave away four fumbles and one interception; the NFC was victimized for four interceptions and one lost fumble.

Defensive end Bruce Smith of Buffalo and the AFC was selected the game's most valuable player after making five tackles, including two quarterback sacks.

Ends Reggie White of the Philadelphia Eagles, with seven tackles and a sack, and Chris Doleman of Minnesota led the NFC defense.

The other AFC score came on a safety in the final quarter, when NFC quarterback Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers stepped out of his own end zone while trying to pass.

The only NFC scoring was by Morten Andersen of the New Orleans Saints, who kicked field goals of 25 and 36 yards in the first half.

Kelly, the Buffalo Bills' quarterback, scored the AFC's touchdown late in the second quarter to give his squad a 7-3 lead.

Kelly's touchdown run came after one of the few sustained drives of the game, as he marched the AFC from its own 11-yard line.

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