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One big catch, surprising tackles highlight Browns' Pro Bowl experience

Charles Woodson, Julius Peppers, Aaron Donald and Elvis Dumervil.

All four of them shared the same sideline as Joe Thomas at Sunday's Pro Bowl and all four finished with fewer tackles than the veteran left tackle, who had two during Sunday's all-star event at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Too often than they'd prefer, Thomas and the rest of the Team Rice offense was running in the wrong direction after a turnover. Thomas' squad fell short, 49-27, in a game in which his team threw six interceptions and played from behind for nearly the entire game.

This was Thomas' ninth Pro Bowl. His Team Rice and Cleveland Browns teammate, tight end Gary Barnidge, made the most of his first experience with one of his team's longest catches.

On the very first play from scrimmage, Barnidge hauled in a 28-yard catch from New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning. The catch set up his team's first touchdown and staked Team Rice to an early, brief 7-0 lead.

Barnidge wasn't targeted the rest of the game, as fellow tight end Travis Kelce led all receivers with five catches for 91 yards and two touchdowns.

Browns center Alex Mack got the start for Team Irvin, giving Cleveland three starters in Sunday's game. Mack, in his third Pro Bowl appearance, didn't find the end zone like he did in 2011, but he came away with the victory.

Earlier in the week, Thomas tried his hand at punting, a skill he's worked on occasionally during some slow moments on the Browns practice field.

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