Jeff Garcia represented the Buccaneers well in the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii on Sunday.

Garcia, who turns 38 later this month, completed 8-of-10 (80 percent) of his passes for 117 yards and tossed one touchdown and one interception en route to leading the NFC to a 42-30 win over the AFC squad.

The AFC jumped out to a 24-7 lead over the NFC in the second quarter and took a 27-21 lead into halftime.

Garcia, who replaced Green Bay Packers QB Brett Favre on the NFC roster and was the only player representing the Buccaneers in the Pro Bowl, entered the game early in the third quarter with the NFC trailing the AFC, 30-28.  

Garcia engineered two scoring drives, the first of which was a 9-play, 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter that was capped off by Garcia's 6-yard touchdown pass to Dallas Cowboys and former San Francisco 49er teammate Terrell Owens.

Owens finished the game with eight catches for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

Garcia then led the NFC on a 9-play, 73-yard drive that was capped off by running back Adrian Peterson's 6-yard touchdown run.

Peterson rushed for 129 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns. His rushing total was second in Pro Bowl history and earned him MVP honors on Sunday.

Garcia's interception came in the third quarter when his pass toward the left sideline was tipped by St. Louis Rams WR Tory Holt and intercepted by San Diego Chargers cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who finished Sunday's contest with two picks.

Dallas QB Tony Romo started the game for the NFC. He finished the contest 9-of-16 for 87 yards and tossed two touchdowns and one interception.

Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck replaced Romo and completed 7-of-9 passes for 78 yards and threw one touchdown before being replaced by Garcia in the third quarter.

In his first season with the Buccaneers, Garcia completed 209-of-327 (63.9 percent) passes and tossed 13 touchdowns and four interceptions while rushing for 116 yards and one score.

Tampa Bay finished the 2007 regular season with a 9-7 record and won the NFC South division title before losing in the first round of the playoffs to the New York Giants, who went on to defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

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