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Cribbs catches touchdown in Pro Bowl

Posted Jan 28, 2013

Joshua Cribbs caught a four-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter of the 2013 Pro Bowl.

Joshua Cribbs caught a four-yard touchdown pass from Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub midway through the third quarter of the 2013 Pro Bowl. It was Cribbs’ first career touchdown in the Pro Bowl, which the NFC won over the AFC, 62-35, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii Sunday night.

Down by 24 points, 38-14, after the NFC scored 28 unanswered to end the second quarter, Schaub led the AFC on a 16-play, 80-yard drive. After already converting three third downs in the drive, Schaub took a snap on third-and-goal from the NFC’s four-yard line, dropped back and found Cribbs on an out route to the left sideline, where Cribbs hauled in the score.

Cribbs’ touchdown was the first by a Browns player since center Alex Mack scored one in the 2011 Pro Bowl. Mack scored his touchdown on a lateraled pass in the waning minutes of that contest.

All three Browns Pro Bowlers were involved in the scoring drive. Left tackle Joe Thomas was still in the game, and kicker Phil Dawson added the extra point, his third of the game, following the touchdown.

Cribbs also caught a 39-yard pass from Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck on the AFC’s nine-play, 80-yard scoring drive early in the fourth quarter.

Cribbs finished the game with three receptions for 56 yards, including the four-yard touchdown. He averaged 26 yards on three kick returns and gained another three on a punt runback. Cribbs’ longest return of the game was a 32-yarder that came in the second quarter.

In his first Pro Bowl, Dawson converted all five extra-point tries.

By starting in this year’s Pro Bowl, Thomas joined three other Browns in a third-place tie for the most all-star appearances in team history. Thomas has made six straight Pro Bowls, and is tied with Dick Schafrath, as well as Pro Football Hall of Famers, Leroy Kelly and Gene Hickerson, for the third-most all-star games in Browns history. Only two Pro Football Hall of Famers, running back Jim Brown and tackle Lou Groza, have played in more Pro Bowls as a Browns player than Thomas, Schafrath, Kelly and Hickerson.

In the fourth quarter, Thomas moved from his natural position of left tackle and played on the right side of the offensive line.