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Moon brighter than all stars as AFC defeats NFC, 29-24

The 1997 NFL season was a redemption year for Warren Moon.

The 41-year-old Seattle Seahawks quarterback, by four years the senior player in the Pro Bowl and almost two decades older than some of the all-stars, finished his season on a high note, earning the game's MVP award."It's been a good year for me as far as my proving things to myself," Moon said Sunday after he rallied the AFC to 15 fourth-quarter points and a 29-24 victory over the NFC.

"I proved to myself that I could still play the game. I got hurt last year, and a lot of people gave up on me. I was able to come back and have a decent year, and I got a chance to play here again. Good things happened."

Moon's ninth Pro Bowl appearance was a bit of a fluke. He got a call last week asking if he would replace John Elway on the AFC squad.

While many quarterbacks over the years have passed up the Pro Bowl, Moon jumped at the chance.

Since he missed the first all-star practices, Moon said he told the other two AFC quarterbacks, Mark Brunell and Drew Bledsoe, to make sure their team was ahead when he came on in the fourth quarter.

"I had a crash course in the offense," said Moon, who scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard sneak with 1:59 remaining.

He was at quarterback when the AFC scored two TDs in the final two minutes, including his scoring run.

Both Denver's Elway and Green Bay's Brett Favre, the scheduled Pro Bowl starters, pulled out of the game because they face minor surgery during the offseason - Elway on his right shoulder and Favre on his left knee.

The AFC came back from a 21-7 halftime deficit. San Francisco's Steve Young threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes to become the career leader in Pro Bowl scoring passes with four.