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First-time Pro Bowlers Bridgewater, Smith & Barr Get Win

A trio of Vikings helped lead their team to a win in the Pro Bowl on Sunday in Hawaii.

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, safety Harrison Smith and linebacker Anthony Barr all had a hand in Team Irvin's 49-27 victory over Team Rice, which featured Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson and defensive end Everson Griffen.

Every Viking except Peterson was making his first Pro Bowl appearance. Peterson was named to the annual all-star game for the seventh time.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson was named the Offensive MVP. He opened the game and was 8-for-12 passing for 164 yards and three touchdowns.

Bridgewater, the second quarterback to appear for Team Irvin, tossed a pair of touchdown passes in the win. His first was a 2-yard pass to Philadelphia running back Darren Sproles late in the second quarter.

Bridgewater then went deep midway in the third quarter and connected with Jacksonville wide receiver Allen Robinson on a 50-yard scoring strike.

The second-year quarterback completed six of eight passes for 129 yards. He was also intercepted on his first attempt.

Smith also made a few noticeable plays, including an interception off Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor. Smith finished with three total tackles and helped break up what would have been a long touchdown from Derek Carr to T.Y. Hilton.

Barr, a second-year linebacker from UCLA, finished with a pair of tackles for Team Irvin.

Peterson, who led the NFL with 1,485 rushing yards, managed four yards on five carries.

He racked up three catches for 20 yards, including a 10-yard catch that helped set up an early touchdown for Team Rice.

Griffen applied pressure on Wilson on a couple of plays and finished with three tackles, the third-highest total for Team Rice.

The five Vikings participating in the Pro Bowl marked the most selections for Minnesota since 2012 (seven selections).

View gameday images from the 2016 Pro Bowl.

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