Derrick Johnson finds the end zone in Pro Bowl debut

Posted Jan 29, 2012

Johnson posts a defensive touchdown on a 60-yard interception return

Chiefs linebackers Derrick Johnson and Tamba Hali appeared in their first-career Pro Bowl Sunday evening and helped the AFC squad roll to a 59-41 victory over the NFC all-stars in Honolulu.

Johnson had a hand in one AFC touchdown when he took a lateral from Chargers safety Eric Weddle to complete a 60-yard interception return. Weddle initially returned the interception 27 yards before latteraling to Johnson, who then rolled 60 yards for the score.

The AFC defense finished the day forcing five turnovers, including three interceptions off Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton.

Johnson’s fourth quarter touchdown gave the AFC a 59-35 lead with just under six minutes to play. Newton’s pass was intended for former Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez.

After making his 11th Pro Bowl appearance, Gonzalez is now one Pro Bowl shy of tying former Chiefs teammate Will Shields and Pro Football Hall of Famer Randall McDaniel for the most all-star appearances in NFL history.

Shields appeared in his 12 Pro Bowls as a member of the Chiefs, while nine of Gonzalez’s Pro Bowls came with Kansas City.

Gonzalez is also the all-time career Pro Bowl leader in receptions (49) and receiving yards (746). Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald passed Gonzalez as the Pro Bowl’s all-time touchdown leader after hauling in three touchdown receptions in Sunday’s game. Fitzgerald has now accounted for seven career Pro Bowl touchdowns.

This was the second consecutive Pro Bowl that a Chiefs player has found the end zone. Jamaal Charles led last year’s AFC all-stars in rushing yards (72) and scored on a seven-yard touchdown run. Matt Cassel also connected on two touchdown passes in last year’s game.

In addition to the interception return score, Johnson added two solo tackles. Hali did not record any statistics.

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