Foles is offensive MVP in Pro Bowl

Eagles running back LeSean McCoy had three carries for 14 yards for the Pro Bowl winner, Team Rice. Associated Press
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy had three carries for 14 yards for the Pro Bowl winner, Team Rice. Associated Press
Posted: January 28, 2014

HONOLULU - After waiting nearly three quarters to make his Pro Bowl debut, Eagles quarterback Nick Foles led a go-ahead drive for Team Sanders on Sunday night at Aloha Stadium.

But Kansas City's Alex Smith, the player taken last in Wednesday's draft, ended up with the decisive moment in Team Rice's 22-21 win in the revamped NFL all-star game.

Even so, Foles took home offensive MVP honors and the SUV that comes with the award.

"I was very surprised. It was really cool. It's crazy but a great experience for us all," Foles said.

"You come out to Hawaii you get to meet a lot of guys around the league, you get to develop relationships - that's the win."

With the game uncharacteristically controlled by the defenses for three quarters, Foles completed a 39-yard pass to Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown to set up his 12-yard touchdown pass to Cleveland tight end Jordan Cameron with 4 minutes, 41 seconds left.

"He just ran a corner route," Foles said. "Just a simple corner route: He got away and got separation and used his big body to make a play."

But Smith answered late with a 20-yard scoring pass to Dallas running back DeMarco Murray to bring Team Rice within a point with 41 seconds left. Carolina's Mike Tolbert then ran in the two-point conversion to give Team Rice the lead.

Foles attempted to bring Team Sanders back again, but Justin Tucker's 67-yard field-goal attempt was just short as time expired.

Foles, one of four Eagles selected to the Pro Bowl, completed 7 of 10 passes for 89 yards and the touchdown.

Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson provided the first highlight on an overcast day in Honolulu with a 36-yard touchdown pass from Indianapolis' Andrew Luck on a flea-flicker in the first quarter, then dutifully gave the ball to his mother in the stands. He finished with three receptions for 40 yards.

"That was a big moment," Jackson said. "I didn't plan it, it was just something the man above blessed me to do. Andrew Luck put up a great ball, and I made a play on it."

Running back LeSean McCoy carried the ball three times for 14 yards for victorious Team Rice, but didn't play because of an ankle injury after fumbling on the first play of the third quarter. McCoy was walking without a limp in the locker room after the game. Guard Evan Mathis also started on the offensive line for Team Rice.

Jackson provided the lone touchdown of the first quarter with his reception on the trick play from Luck.

Luck handed the ball to Jamaal Charles, who flipped it back to Luck for the throw down the middle of the field to Jackson, who split two defenders to make the catch.

"I was pretty excited. I told him just throw it up, and I'm going to go get it," Jackson said.

Jackson's next touch wasn't quite as productive. Jackson went into motion on a reverse but couldn't connect with Luck on the handoff and fell on the fumble for a 10-yard loss.

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