Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson was named the defensive MVP for Team (Jerry) Rice. Johnson had 10 total tackles, a tackle for a loss, one pass defense, and forced Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris to fumble.
He also drilled his Chiefs teammate Jamaal Charles — who was on Team (Deion) Sanders — in the head during the game. Charles was knocked out of the Chiefs Jan. 4 playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts after sustaining a concussion.
Johnson tweeted after the game about the “friendly fire”:
Charles said he did not expect that big of a hit to come from his teammate, but was undaunted by the hit and went right back to his team’s huddle.
This was the first ever Pro Bowl to feature teams selected by a draft rather than by conference affiliation, meaning teammates could (and were) matched up against one another. Johnson, quarterback Alex Smith, special teamer Dexter McCluster, and cornerback Brandon Flowers were drafted by Team Rice. Defensive Tackle Dontari Poe, defensive end Tamba Hali, safety Eric Berry, linebacker Justin Houston, offensive tackle Branden Albert and Charles were on Team Sanders.
Smith went 9 of 22 for 116 yards with a touchdown and an interception. His 20-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray made the score Team Rice 20, Team Sanders 21 with :41 seconds remaining.
Carolina running back Mike Tolbert punched in the two-point conversion to win the game for Team Rice.
Charles was the game’s most effective rusher, finishing with 43 yards on five carries. He also recorded a reception for 4 yards on his only target out of the backfield.
Berry and Poe both recorded interceptions in the contest. Berry also recovered a fumble and Poe notched a tackle for loss. Flowers had two tackles.
McCluster gained 56 yards on 5 punt returns and added one reception for 2 yards.
—This story was written and compiled by Beau Tiongson. Box score is hyperlinked in text.