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Updated Jan 30, 2012 - 8:29 am

Larry Fitzgerald shines in Pro Bowl loss

An official watches as Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald of the NFC makes his second touchdown reception against the AFC, in the first quarter of the NFL football Pro Bowl game Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

The NFC lost 59-41 to the AFC in Sunday's Pro Bowl in Honolulu, but don't pin that loss on Cardinals' receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Fitz caught 6 passes for 111 yards and 3 touchdowns, including two scores in the game's first 6 minutes. The NFC opened the scoring when Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers found Fitzgerald in the end zone with 9:14 left in the first quarter. After an onside kick that was recovered by the NFC, Rodgers hooked up with Fitzgerald again, just :09 later.

The third touchdown came in the fourth quarter with AFC in command, when Carolina rookie Cam Newton threw a 36-yard scoring strike to Fitzgerald.

As great as Fitzgerald was on Sunday, Miami's Brandon Marshall one-upped him. Marshall snared 6 catches for 176 yards and a Pro Bowl-record four touchdowns. Marshall caught scoring passes from each of the AFC's quarterbacks -- Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger, San Diego's Philip Rivers and Andy Dalton of Cincinnati, and was named the game's MVP.

At least season's Pro Bowl, Fitzgerald caught just one pass, but it was good for a touchdown in the NFC's 55-41 win.

Cardinals rookie Patrick Peterson also made his mark in his first Pro Bowl, intercepting a pass and returning 4 kicks for an average of 30.8 yards.

Safety Adrian Wilson registered a pass defensed.


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