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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

$1Million Kick Shows Pros the Way

HONOLULU, Hawaii -- An investment banker made a kick for $1 million at the Pro Bowl on a day when the NFL's best couldn't buy a field goal.


The Indianapolis Colts' Cary Blanchard, who missed two earlier field goals Sunday, finally hit a 37-yarder 8:15 into overtime to lift the AFC to a 26-23 victory over the NFC at the Pro Bowl.


Blanchard missed a 41-yarder that would have won the game four minutes earlier, while Carolina's John Kasay missed three attempts for the NFC -- the last from 39 yards with 11 seconds left in regulation. For the game, the best kickers in the NFL were 3-of-8 and Lance Alstodt was 1-of-1.


At halftime, the 26-year-old banker got one chance at a 35-yarder for $1 million, the climax of a nationwide contest. He drilled it.


Jacksonville quarterback Mark Brunell, who threw for 236 yards and one touchdown and took the AFC on a 66-yard drive to set up Blanchard's winning field goal, was voted the Pro Bowl MVP. A 43-yard pass to New England's Ben Coates keyed the winning drive in just the second Pro Bowl to go into overtime.


Cornerback Ashley Ambrose kept the AFC in the game with a Pro Bowl-record 54-yard interception return for a touchdown. His interception against Kerry Collins in the fourth quarter gave the AFC a 16-15 lead.


Green Bay's Brett Favre played only through the first series of the second quarter. He was replaced by Washington's Gus Frerotte, who was filling in for the ailing Troy Aikman. Brunell, who replaced John Elway on the AFC team, took over for Drew Bledsoe of the New England Patriots.


Frerotte and Brunell, though, did not disappoint the crowd of 50,031.


Brunell completed 12-of-22 passes, including an 80-yard touchdown pass to Oakland's Tim Brown that tied the score 23-23 with 44 seconds left in regulation. Frerotte immediately marched the NFC back down the field, but Kasay's kick was off and the teams headed to overtime.


Frerotte completed 13-of-25 passes for 193 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown throw to Cris Carter of Minnesota.


Brown had five catches for 137 yards, and St. Louis' Isaac Bruce had seven receptions for 104 yards for the NFC.


The victory was the AFC's eighth in the last 13 Pro Bowls, contrasted to the Super Bowl, where the NFC has won 13 in a row. The NFC leads the Pro Bowl series 15-12.