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Alex Smith Helps Ignite Comeback as the AFC Defeats NFC in the Pro Bowl

Posted Jan 28, 2018

Alex Smith threw for 131 yards and a touchdown in the contest

The AFC defeated the NFC, 24-23, in the Pro Bowl on Sunday afternoon as some of the league’s best players went head-to-head at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.

That included Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith, who completed seven of 10 passes for 131 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the contest. Smith led the AFC on two offensive drives, completing a pass of at least 40 yards on each possession.

Smith found Miami Dolphins’ wide receiver Jarvis Landry for 49 yards on his first drive and Indianapolis Colts’ receiver T.Y. Hilton for 44 yards in the opening minutes of the second half, with the latter setting up a 4-yard touchdown strike to Tennessee Titans’ tight end Delanie Walker.

Walker has been a familiar target for Smith over the years, as the duo spent seven years together with the San Francisco 49ers from 2006-12. In fact, Smith also found Walker for a touchdown in last year’s Pro Bowl. 

"We played together for seven seasons, so we're used to each other," Walker said. "We just know each other's patterns. We both saw the route and it ended up being a great play." 

The score was the beginning of a comeback for the AFC, which trailed by 17 points at the time of the touchdown. The AFC went on to win the game when Oakland Raiders’ quarterback Derek Carr found Walker in the end zone with just over a minute remaining in the contest. 

Walker was named the game's MVP following the contest. 

Joining Smith on offense were rookie tailback Kareem Hunt and wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

Hunt, who became just the sixth rookie in the Super Bowl era to lead the league in rushing this season, carried the ball four times for four yards and hauled in three catches for nine yards.

"It was an awesome experience to be out here competing with the best of the best," Hunt said. "I really enjoyed this time with my family." 

Hill, appearing in his second-straight Pro Bowl, notched one catch for 18 yards.

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