Wake One Of Few Bright Spots For AFC In Pro Bowl

Posted Jan 27, 2013

Dolphins defensive end does what he does best early in Hawaii.

There wasn’t much to smile about for the AFC in the conference's 62-35 loss to the NFC in the 2013 Pro Bowl, but Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake did his best to cap off a week in Hawaii in style.

Wake and Dolphins teammate Randy Starks started up front on defense at Aloha Stadium and with the game still close in the early stages, Wake showed off the pass rushing skills that helped earn him his second trip to Hawaii in three years. He used his notorious quick first step to get around Minnesota Vikings right tackle Matt Kalil on the final play of the first quarter and sack New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

It was a 3rd-and-7 with Brees backed up near his own end zone and Kalil was lucky to barely get a piece of Wake’s right arm as he zipped past him and wrapped up Brees in a bear hug. He didn’t take the Super Bowl XLIV Most Valuable Player to the ground in order to prevent injury, but the sack forced the NFC punt the ball away with the game still tied at 7-7.

Early in the second quarter, with the AFC trailing by a field goal at 10-7, Wake helped give his team its last lead of the day. New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning was in the game at this point for the NFC and as he looked to deliver a pass into the right flat, Wake jumped with his arms raised in the air to try to deflect the throw. Manning pulled the ball back down and then threw the ball down the middle right into the arms of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Derrick Johnson, who returned the interception 42 yards for a touchdown and a 14-10. AFC lead. The NFC would score the next 28 points to put the game out of reach.

Two other Dolphins – guard Richie Incognito and long snapper John Denney – got to see significant action in the game, with Incognito making his first appearance in the game. He was on the field near the end of the first quarter when Green Bay Packers center Jeff Saturday joined the NFC huddle for one play to snap the ball to his former teammate with the Indianapolis Colts, quarterback Peyton Manning. Saturday retired after the game so it was his last chance to snap the ball to Manning and Incognito lined up right next to him.

Denney actually showed off some speed and quickness on one AFC punt by Dustin Colquitt as he took off down the field and tripped up NFC punt returner Leon Washington at his own 17 after he decided to field the punt at his 5 and run it back out.

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