Ravens Solid in AFC Victory

Ray Rice led the AFC running backs and Ray Lewis captained the defense.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Sunday, January 31st, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Categories: 2009 Gameday, Ryan Mink

The Ravens’ Pro Bowler didn’t make any flashy plays or log any jaw-dropping highlights, but they were certainly a big part of the AFC’s 41-34 victory Sunday night in Miami.

In his first Pro Bowl appearance, running back Ray Rice led the AFC rushing attack with a game-high seven carries and 42 yards, including a game-high 23-yard scamper. He also made three catches for 15 yards.

Fullback Le’Ron McClain had two carries for six yards. His 3-yard run on fourth-and-1 with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter sealed the AFC’s win.

Ray Lewis was the captain of the AFC defense, coaching his teammates throughout the game. He tied the Jets’ Darrelle Revis with for the AFC lead with four tackles.

In his first Pro Bowl, defensive tackle Haloti Ngata made three tackles. Ravens safety Ed Reed, who was voted a starter, did not play due to injuries sustained during the season.

The game itself was a back-and-forth shootout. Tennessee running back Chris Johnson notched the go-ahead score with a 2-yard touchdown run with six minutes remaining. Steelers linebacker James Harrison intercepted Dallas quarterback Tony Romo as the NFC attempted to tie the game in the final minutes.

The AFC broke a two-game losing streak in the Pro Bowl. Each conference has now won 20 Pro Bowls. Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (13-of-17, 189 yards, 2 touchdowns) was named the game’s MVP.

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