Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and a host of other Buffalo Bills get another shot at some New York Giants Sunday.
The AFC's Kelly and Thomas are among 10 Buffalo players, most of any team, set to play in the Pro Bowl. The Giants are represented by an NFC-high seven players, including Lawrence Taylor, who'll be appearing in a record 10th Pro Bowl.Kickoff time is 6 p.m. MST at Aloha Stadium.
The Bills, 20-19 losers to the Giants in the Super Bowl last Sunday, will try to finally close the books on the 1990 season with a victory over the NFC in the NFL's annual all-star game.
Kelly, relegated to the sidelines for much of the Super Bowl by the Giants' time-consuming offense, is scheduled to share playing time at quarterback for the AFC with starter Warren Moon of Houston.
However, Kelly said he might not be able to play much because he took a couple of hits on his ailing left knee in the Super Bowl. He had missed the final two games of the regular season after hurting the knee in a game against the Giants on Dec. 15.
"I'll play if I'm able," said Kelly, who led the league in passing efficiency this season with a rating of 101.2.
In addition to Kelly and Thomas, who rushed for 135 yards and caught passes for 55 more yards in the Super Bowl, the Bills' Pro Bowl contingent includes wide receiver Andre Reed, offensive tackle Will Wolford, center Kent Hull, defensive tackle Bruce Smith, linebackers Cornelius Bennett, Shane Conlan and Darryl Talley, plus special teams player Steve Tasker.
Linebackers Taylor and Pepper Johnson, nose tackle Erik Howard, center Bart Oates, offensive tackle William Roberts, punter Sean Landeta, and special teams player Reyna Thompson are the Giants in the Pro Bowl.
The NFC quarterbacks are Randall Cunningham of the Eagles and Jim Everett of the Rams. Everett is filling in for Joe Montana of the 49ers, who can't play because of a hand injury he suffered in the conference playoff loss to the Giants.
Last year, Montana, Denver's John Elway and Cincinnati's Boomer Esiason missed the game because of injuries, and Green Bay's Don Majkowski didn't come to Honolulu because his contract with the Packers had expired and he apparently didn't want to take a chance of getting hurt in the all-star game.
Quarterbacks who play in the Pro Bowl generally consider themselves at risk because they have the NFL's best pass rushers coming at them.
The defense is limited by a couple of special rules for the Pro Bowl, and this year, a new rule will allow the quarterbacks to throw the ball away without being penalized for intentional grounding so long as the pass goes beyond the line of scrimmage.
Other rules limit blitzing and the type of coverages the defensive secondary can use.
Art Shell and his Raiders staff coach the AFC all-stars, and George Seifert and the 49ers staff coach the NFC.
The NFC has won the last two Pro Bowl games, including a 27-21 victory a year ago. Players on the winning team receive $10,000 each, with the losers getting $5,000 apiece.