HONOLULU — Peyton Manning was still at the peak of his game in the Pro Bowl, and Michael Vick showed he's only beginning the climb.
Manning threw three touchdown passes to extend his career record in the NFL's All-Star game, and Vick led the NFC to 17 points in a second-half rally that fell short in the AFC's 38-27 victory Sunday.
Pittsburgh's Hines Ward caught a touchdown pass and returned an on-side kick for a score, and three San Diego Chargers led the clinching touchdown drive in the fourth quarter of the AFC's seventh victory in nine meetings.
Manning, the regular-season most valuable player after breaking Dan Marino's NFL record with 49 touchdown passes, completed only six passes for 130 yards. But three were spectacular scoring tosses, and the Indianapolis Colt quarterback was selected the MVP in his fifth trip to the Pro Bowl.
The game didn't quite have the offensive fireworks of last season's 107-point marathon, but Manning and Vick, the Atlanta Falcon quarterback, thrilled the 26th consecutive sellout crowd at Aloha Stadium with exhibitions of their strengths: Manning's throws and Vick's elusiveness and creativity.
Manning has thrown 11 touchdown passes in the Pro Bowl, four more than any other quarterback. He connected with Colt teammate Marvin Harrison, Ward and San Diego's Antonio Gates in the first 25 minutes while the AFC built a 28-10 halftime lead.
But Vick, with the Atlanta coaching staff calling the plays, led three consecutive scoring drives after entering the game in the third quarter. Vick was 14 for 24 for 205 yards and a touchdown.
The Super Bowl quarterbacks had considerably quieter outings. NFC starter Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles was one for eight with an interception, and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots was four for nine for 48 yards in two series that produced one field goal.
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Most Valuable QBs
Quarterbacks have been named MVP in the Pro Bowl 12 times:
2005 -- Peyton Manning, Indianapolis
2004 -- Marc Bulger, St. Louis
2002 -- Rich Gannon, Oakland
2001 -- Rich Gannon, Oakland
1998 -- Warren Moon, Seattle
1997 -- Mark Brunell, Jacksonville
1991 -- Jim Kelly, Buffalo
1989 -- Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia
1986 -- Phil Simms, New York Giants
1984 -- Joe Theismann, Washington
1983 -- Dan Fouts, San Diego
1975 -- James Harris, L.A. Rams