HONOLULU, FEB. 8 -- Joe Montana can explain why defenses dominated the Pro Bowl, as they often do.
"When you have so little time together, trying to do things on offense is much more unnatural than on defense," he said.
Montana, the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback and the NFC starter Sunday, provided an example of how difficult it is to get offensive timing down in five days of practice. He was victimized for two interceptions and a safety as the AFC beat the NFC, 15-6, in a mistake-marred game.
There were 10 turnovers, five by each team. The game's only touchdown came on a one-yard rollout by Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly in the second quarter.
"I think the defense in this situation will tend to look better because the offense isn't as complicated as usual, but I'm not sure," said Kelly, making his first Pro Bowl appearance. "Hopefully this will be yearly event for me, so I can find out."
"The game was not a real shootout for the offenses," said Marty Schottenheimer of the Cleveland Browns, coach of the winning AFC squad for the second straight year. "The defenses played well, put a lot of pressure on the passers. The hardest thing to control in the short practice time we have is the pass protection."
"It's difficult to put together an offense in just a few days," said Jerry Burns of the Minnesota Vikings, the NFC coach. "Our pass protection was poor and the timing of our passing and running game was poor."
NFC guard Dennis Harrah of the Los Angeles Rams, who has announced his retirement, said the turnovers may have come because the game was rougher than his five other Pro Bowls.
"It was the hardest-hitting Pro Bowl I've been in," said Harrah, who got in a fight early in the game with AFC nose tackle Bill Maas of Kansas City. "I think that made a difference in the turnovers."
Dean Biasucci of the Indianapolis Colts kicked two field goals for the AFC, and Morten Andersen of the New Orleans Saints provided all the NFC scoring with two field goals.
The other AFC points came when Montana stepped out of his end zone under a heavy pass rush in the fourth quarter.
Defensive end Bruce Smith of Buffalo, selected the game's most valuable player, had five tackles, two sacks and a pass deflection for the AFC.
"When you have people like Howie Long, Bill Maas and Jacob Green on the inside, they make it easier to get up the field and to the quarterback," Smith said. "The game was more physical than I thought it would be." NFC 0 6 0 0 6 AFC 0 7 6 2 15
NFC -- FG Andersen 25, 5:51
AFC -- Kelly 1 run (Biasucci kick), 13:13
NFC -- FG Andersen 36, 15:00 Third Quarter
AFC -- FG Biasucci 37, 3:35
AFC -- FG Biasucci 30, 13:47 Fourth Quarter
AFC -- Safety, Montana stepped out of end zone, 5:56
A -- 50,113
NFC AFC First downs 13 21 Rushes-yards 19-85 39-134 Passing yards 128 207 Return yards 27 140 Passing 15-34-4 21-42-1 Sacked-yards lost 8-37 1-9 Punts-average 7-50 6-41 Fumbles-lost 4-1 6-4 Penalties-yards 13-86 1-5 Time of possession 25:46
RUSHING -- NFC: Walker 5-26, Riggs 2-16, White 6-14, Craig 3-8, A. Carter 1-8, Montana 1-8, Lomax 1-5. AFC:
PASSING -- NFC: Montana 8-19-2, 96 yards; Lomax 7-15-2, 69. AFC: Kosar 10-17-1, 124; Kelly 10-16-0, 83; Elw
RECEIVING -- NFC: Quick 3-44, Riggs 3-29, Clark 3-26, Walker 2-20, Craig 2-13, Rice 1-17, Jordan 1-16. AFC:
MISSED FIELD GOALS -- AFC: Biasucci 34. NFC: Andersen 37.